A regional official says Mali president and prime minister are now in the custody of mutinous soldiers, sparking fears the country could be plunged into further political turmoil.
Mutineering soldiers in Mali on Tuesday detained President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, one of their leaders said.
“We can tell you that the president and the prime minister are under our control,” the leader, who requested anonymity, told AFP.
He added that the pair had been “arrested” at Keita’s residence in the capital Bamako.
As gathered by Daily Times, earlier today, soldiers launched a mutiny from the nearby garrison town of Kati.
Another military official, who also declined to be named, said the president and prime minister were in an armoured vehicle en route to Kati.
Chairperson of the African Union Moussa Faki Mahamat tweeted he strongly condemned the arrest of the two leaders.
Le President de la Commission de @_AfricanUnion , S.E.M @AUC_MoussaFaki condamne énergiquement l' arrestation du President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, du Premier Ministre et autres membres du Gouvernement maliens ..
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— African Union (@_AfricanUnion) August 18, 2020