Coup: President of Mali Ousted

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali has been arrested by mutinying soldiers.

The report according to Reuters who quoted two security sources, said that Keita was arrested alongside Prime Minister Boubou Cisse in Bamako, the country’s capital.

Meanwhile earlier on, news circulated that a small number of members of the national guard “apparently angered by a pay dispute” had seized a munitions depot but were reported to have since been surrounded by other government troops.

In June, opponents asked Keita, who had spent two out of his five years second term in office, to step down.

A resistance group, M5, also insisted that the constitutional court must be dissolved, while the president must resign, before peace can return to the country.

The crisis had erupted after the court nullified results of 31 parliamentary seats in the country’s polls, awarding victory to some other contenders, which the resistance group said was at the instigation of Keita.

On July 10, riots led to the killing of some protesters by security agents.

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan met with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock to brief him on the situation in Mali earlier in the day.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had appointed Jonathan as its special envoy on Mali crisis.

In July, a delegation of ECOWAS leaders visited Mali for peace talks which did not yield results.

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