Mali’s coup leader releases President and Prime Minister

Source: BBC   

Former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N’Daw is sworn into the office of transitional president at a ceremony in the capital Bamako, Mali, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Mali’s transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation, as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc ECOWAS, and amid uncertainty about details of the transition period. (AP Photo)

Mali’s coup leaders have released interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane.

They were freed at around 01:00 local time (01:00 GMT) on Thursday, the BBC’s Noel Ebrin Brou reports.

The two men had been held at a military camp since Monday.

“We were true to our word,” an unnamed military official is quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

The president and prime minister were forced to resign after being stripped of their powers by the military – the second coup in the West African nation in nine months.

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