President and Prime Minister of Mali After a cabinet reshuffle, the Vice President fired him.
On Tuesday, Assimi Goita, Mali’s former coup leader, retook power and fired the transitional government’s president and prime minister after they declared a cabinet reorganization without his permission.
Despite Goita’s promises to hold new elections in 2022, the junta that deposed the last democratically elected president has taken control of the country, signaling that the vote will not take place without substantial intervention from the junta.
Goita’s activities have also ignited concerns that the current unrest would further destabilize attempts to quell the Islamic insurgency in the West African region. The UN spends around $1.2 billion a year in Mali to keep peacekeeping activities going.
President Bah N’Daw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were arrested by soldiers and taken to military headquarters in Kati, nine miles from the capital, where the military reclaimed control on state television. On Tuesday, they were still being kept.
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The international community reacted angrily to their detentions, issuing a strongly worded statement warning Mali’s military leaders that their actions might jeopardize international support for the transitional government. As the political crisis in Mali worsened, the West African regional bloc ECOWAS dispatched a delegation to Bamako on Tuesday afternoon.
Despite initial calls from the international community for an entirely civilian-led transition, Goita has served as Mali’s vice president since the transitional government was installed last September in the aftermath of his coup d’etat.
The military said it would relieve others from their duties, including “all involved in the situation,” when it announced the dismissal of the transitional government’s president and prime minister.
Despite this, the military insisted: “The process is proceeding normally, and elections will be held in 2022 as planned.” Last year, in response to international pressure, the junta vowed to hold the election by February of next year, 18 months after the coup d’etat shook the country.
The overthrow of democratically elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita came amid rising military casualties in the war against al-Qaida and the Islamic State.
Following the coup in 2012, the extremists first seized charge of major towns in northern Mali. Only a military action led by the former colonial power France in 2013 moved the issue forward. This is a condensed version of the information.