Coup in Mali: Tens of thousands of people celebrate the removal of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
Tens of thousands of people are celebrating the removal of Mali’s president
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Mali’s capital, Bamako, to celebrate the ouster of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Coup forces arrested Mr Keïta on Tuesday and forced him to step down, drawing criticism from around the world.
Mr Keïta would have been the subject of public outcry before his arrest and was welcomed by Malians.
Tens of thousands of people gathered at Bamako’s Independence Square to play the flute, with some claiming victory over the former president.
“I am very happy, we have won. We have come here to thank all the people of Mali because it is a victory for the people,” Mariam Cissé, an opposition supporter, told the Associated Press. and AFP.
However, he warned the military to be cautious, saying “the military should refrain from thinking that they have come to stay in power”.
Earlier, UN human rights officials met with former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other government officials detained earlier this month after the coup.
Keita has not been heard from since Tuesday, although a spokesman for Mali’s opposition says he is being held at a military base in Kati, on the outskirts of Bamako. to find it depends on what the people of the country have planned.
The last sighting of ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was on Tuesday in a televised address, in which he dismissed parliament and announced his resignation, after being taken to Kati barracks by the military.
Although a UN human rights delegation met with him and other detainees, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, did not elaborate on his condition. the people involved.
The military will appoint a transitional government
Mali’s coup leaders said on Thursday night that a transitional government would be formed, either by civilians or by the military.
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was forced to resign on Tuesday after a coup.
West African leaders have called for his return to power and for the United Nations to release detained officials.
But the coup leaders say they are in contact with opposition and other groups in an effort to form an interim government.
They said the elections would be held in a timely manner and promised to respect international conventions on fighting jihadists.
Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections, but will call for a general strike on Friday.
On Thursday, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it would send representatives to ensure law and order was restored under the constitution.
There are more military personnel outside government buildings in Bamako, but shops and businesses remain open.
Mali is a vast country bordering sub-Saharan Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world and has witnessed similar coups. It is currently under attack by jihadist groups and ethnic riots.
Mr Keïta has won re-election for a second term in 2018, but has been embroiled in controversy since June over corruption, economic hardship and controversy over parliamentary elections.
Then there is the anger of the military over the lack of salaries and the fight against jihadists.
“We will set up a transitional committee, with an interim president who will be either military or civilian,” Junta’s spokesman Colonel Ismael Wagué told France 24 television.
“We are consulting with civil society groups, opposition parties, the majority and the general public in an effort to form an interim government.”
“We will make sure we form a government as soon as possible,” he said.
Under pressure, the coup leaders had very different views
Mary Harper, Africa Editor, BBC World Service
Mali’s ousted military says it is in talks with opposition parties and other groups to form a government.
Despite strong calls from African regional leaders for the return of ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, those who led the coup and the opposition have resisted.
They want rulers who can fight corruption, revitalize the economy and end ethnic and jihadist conflicts.
It came as a shock, especially seeing how the international community has failed to intervene to end the country’s political crisis.
The West African Countries have been pressuring the military, threatening it