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Mali junta frees ousted prime minister Boubou Cisse

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The former prime minister of Mali, Boubou Cissé, and the president of the National Assembly, Moussa Timbine, were released by the board known as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People.

This follows the earlier release of now-former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on Thursday, just ten days after the same military force removed him from power and consequently placed him, along with some from his camp, detained on a military base. in Kati.

The release of these government officials honors the NCSP’s commitment to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which, together with the United Nations, demanded their immediate release following news of the military coup in Mali.

Keita, who is currently at his private residence in Sebenikoro, Bamako, which is under surveillance by armed and masked soldiers from Malian police forces who stand guard at the entrance to his home, has not yet issued a post-release statement. .

However, rumors have been circulating about his request for medical care abroad.

The resignation of IBK, as it is commonly known, came after three months of protests by the M5 opposition movement based on frustrations with a failing economy, a corrupt government and a years-long Islamist insurgency plaguing the nation.

The NCSP has stated its intention to establish a council to supervise the general elections as soon as possible in order to appoint a transitional president, either civilian or military, and stabilize the political situation within the country.

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