Interim Vice President and former Mali coup leader; Colonel Assimi Goita, has taken charge of the Western African Nation following the arrest of the President and Prime Minister of the country.
In a quick turn of events, Colonel Assimi had unlawfully seized power after President Bag Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were moved to an unnamed military base outside the capital city.
Colonel Goita, whose actions have been condemned by international bodies, stated that his decision was due to the rightful leaders’ failure to consult him about a new government in the country.
“This kind of step testifies to the clear desire of the transitional president and prime minister to seek to breach the transitional charter,” he said.
He also reiterated that elections will be held next year; halting the reign of both leaders who has spearheaded a transitional government set up after the military coup in August which displaced President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Furthermore, the Colonel’s move have also come under scrutiny with the United Nations, European Union and regional countries all opposing his actions.
Speaking on the ‘attempted coup’, French Foreign Minister; Jean-Yves Le Drian, also came out recently to demand for the release of both leaders.
“Their safety must be guaranteed, as must the immediate resumption of the agreed transition process,” Le Drian added.