UN AND AU CALL FOR THE RELEASE OF MALI PRESIDENT AND TOP OFFICIALS

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The United Nations mission in Mali and the AU and other international bodies has condemned the arrest of the president of Mali Bah Ndaw and other top government officials by soldiers in the country and has further called for their immediate release.

The Minusma mission In a tweet (in French), also called for calm in the impoverished West African nation following the arrest of the president.

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The call for the release of Bah Ndaw comes after reports that interim President Ndaw and Mr. Ouane were moved by soldiers to the Kati military camp near the capital, Bamako.

The defense Minister Souleymane Doucouré has reportedly been detained as well.

Late on Monday, Mr. Ouane told AFP in a phone call that soldiers “came to get him”. The news agency said the line was then cut.

The reported detentions came just hours after a government reshuffle, which saw two senior army officers who took part in last year’s coup replaced.

This event has so far raised fears of the possible occurrence of a second coup within a year in the country.

The African Union, the Economic Community of the West African States, the EU, and so far have condemned the d so retention, saying Mali’s president and top politicians must be released without any preconditions.

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