Mali’s Colonel Assimi Goita has announced the dismissal of the interim President and Prime Minister, a day after the two were detained in a coup.
President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were detained on Monday by the military, shortly after the unveiling of a new government by Mr Ouane.
Colonel Goita, the interim vice president and head of the August 2020 coup that led to the formation of the transitional government, said on Tuesday that President Ndaw and the PM violated the transition charter by failing to consult him in the selection of the new administration.
“The government led by Moctar Ouane has shown itself incapable of being a reliable partner,” read the statement aired on the state broadcaster.
Goita added that he acted to “preserve the transition charter and defend the Republic” and promised elections in 2022.
Mr Goita, who led the coup last August that forced former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita out of power, assured in his statement that the transition plan remains.
The United Nations and the regional blocks, Ecowas and the Frican Union (AU), in a joint statement with the European Union (EU) and the US, condemned the move by the military and called for the immediate release of the detained leaders.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres personally demanded the immediate release of the men who spent the night at a military camp outside Bamako.
The UN Mission in Mali, which is known by its French acronym MINUSMA, said via Twitter that it was “closely monitoring events and remains committed” to supporting the transition.