Mali’s interim president, prime minister resign after military takeover.

Mali’s interim president, Bah Ndaw and prime minister, Moctar Ouane, have resigned after military takeover.

Soldiers, led by interim Vice President Assimi Goita, arrested President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane and took them to a military base on Monday after two members of the military lost their positions in a government reshuffle.

According to reports , an aide to the Vice President Assimi Goita, disclosed on Wednesday that the interim president and prime minister have now resigned in an apparent second military coup in nine months.

“The president and his prime minister have resigned. Negotiations are ongoing for their liberation and the formation of a new government,” said Baba Cisse, an aide to Goita, in comments sent by the military to Reuters.

The military’s actions have jeopardised Mali’s return to democracy following a coup last August and drawn condemnation from international powers.

It will be recalled that the mali President and Prime Ministers were sworn in last September after the ruling military junta agreed to hand over power to a civilian transitional government under growing international pressure.

The junta had grabbed power a month earlier after mutinous soldiers encircled the home of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and fired shots into the air.

He later resigned on national television under duress, saying he did not want blood to be shed in order for him to stay in office.

The soldiers then went on state television hours later promising a swift return to civilian rule. However, the recent developments appeared to throw that promise into question.

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