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Soldiers arrest Mali President, Keita

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President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been arrested by mutinying soldiers, according to Reuters.

Two security sources reportedly said he was arrested alongside Prime Minister Boubou Cisse in Bamako.

Soldiers mutinied at the Kati army base outside of Bamako, the nation’s capital.

According to a European diplomat, a handful size of the national guard “apparently angered by a pay dispute” had seized a munitions depot but were reported to have since been surrounded by other government troops.

In June, opposition leaders asked the president, who had spent two out of his five years second term in office, to step down.

A resistance group, M5, also insisted that the constitutional court must be dissolved, while the president must resign before peace can return to the country.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock to brief him on the situation in Mali.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had appointed Jonathan as its special envoy on Mali crisis.

 
 
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