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Mali Junta Say They Have Freed Ex-President Keita!

The Malian military coup leaders announced that they have released former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from detention. He is now back at his private residence in the Sebenikoro neighbourhood after being freed on Thursday. The junta now identified as The National Committee for the Salvation of the People stated this to press men

The junta has been in control of Mali since August 18 when Keita was overthrown and forced to resign. Detained alongside the ex President was also the Prime Minister Boubou Cissé at a military base in Kita. 

The release of Keita was one of the demands made to the junta by West African bloc ECOWAS and Mali’s international partners, including France. They had sent a delegation to Bamako over the weekend to negotiate with the junta. 

Keita “was freed this morning, (and) he has returned to his home”, a spokesman for the junta Djibrilla Maiga said, without giving further details. 

The junta leaders say they mutinied because the country was sinking into chaos and insecurity, which they scribed to poor governance. They promise to oversee a transition to elections within a “reasonable” amount of time.

NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: News Agencies/Reuters

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