New Coup in Mali, leaves nation cornered

Assimi Goita, the vice-president of the transition and junta leader is in charge of the transition since he released Bah N'Daw, the president of the transition, and Moctar Ouane, the prime minister, after three days of detention and their resignation.

Unhappy with the appointment of a new transitional government without his consultation and accusing "sabotage" of the transition Goita, who initiated the 2020 coup, forcibly transported the transition leaders to the Kati military base on Monday.

Ouane and N'Daw resigned Wednesday hours after the vice president announced he had put them "out of their prerogatives."

"Following a crisis of several months at the national level, including strikes and various demonstrations by social and political actors, the government led by Mr. Moctar Ouane has shown itself incapable of constituting a reliable interlocutor, likely to mobilize the confidence of social partners," he said in a statement read on national television by Baba Cissé, his adviser.

But with a power grab in a country in transition since a previous coup, the situation is "very complicated" and "unstable" for a country that should be at the forefront of securing the Sahel region against terrorism, Régis Hounkpe, a pan-African geopolitologist, told Anadolu Agency.

Domestically, Malians are divided over the circumstances. Some criticize the actions of the military and think they should be on the front lines against terrorism instead of discussing ministerial posts, while others are convinced that Goita's action is "to help the country regain its dignity."

"Malians don't need a coup" or "more crises," according to Malian political actor Brehima Diakite.

"It's just a matter of redressing the situation and moving the transition forward," according to Issa Kaou Djim, a member of the National Transitional Council who spoke to Anadolu Agency.

Source: AA

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