Mali’s Leaders Resign During ECOWAS Meeting

Mali’s transitional president and prime minister resigned during mediation efforts Wednesday after their arrest in a second military coup in nine month.
ECOWAS leaders meeting with members of the junta

Transitional President of Mali Bah N’Daw resigned on Wednesday. His resignation was presented to Assimi Goita, the transitional vice president, during an emergency meeting with
former Nigerian president Jonathan Goodluck and his delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, and the UN.

Interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were tasked with steering the country back to civilian rule after a coup in August.

Baba Cisse, special advisor to junta boss Assimi Goita said they were arrested on Monday and resigned before the mediator.

Mali’s vice president Colonel Assimi Goïta 

Cisse explained that negotiations were underway for their release and the formation of a new government in the country.

A member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mediation mission confirmed the president’s resignation. Ndaw and Ouane had been heading the interim government with the declared aim of restoring full civilian rule.

Young military officers ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last August after weeks of demonstrations over perceived government corruption and his handling of the militant insurrection.

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