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Mutiny Soldiers Detain Mali President, Prime Minister

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Mutineering soldiers in Mali has arrested and detained President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse.

One of the leader of the Mutiny Soldiers said, “We can tell you that the President and the Prime Minister are under our control,”.

He further stated that the duo had been “arrested” at Keita’s residence in the capital, Bamako.

Earlier, soldiers launched a mutiny from the nearby garrison town of Kati.

A European diplomat had revealed that a small number of members 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, opponents told Keita, who had only spent just two of his five years second term in office, to resign.

A resistance group, M5, also stated that the constitutional court must be dissolved, while the President must resign before peace could be restored to the country.

The crisis had risen after the court nullified results of 31 parliamentary seats in the country’s polls, awarding victory to some other contenders, which the resistance group said was at the instigation of Keita.

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