MALI– Mali’s interim Vice President, Colonel Assimi Goita has said that he has seized power after the transitional President and Prime Minister failed to consult him about the formation of a new government.
General Assimi said that this kind of side stepping him testifies to the clear desire of the transitional President and Prime Minister to seek to breach the transitional charter and he described the pair’s actions as an intent to sabotage the transition.
Mali President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were arrested on Monday and taken to a military base outside the capital prompting swift condemnation from international powers, some of which called it an attempted coup.
The two men were in charge of a transitional government created after a military coup in August last year that toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and were tasked with overseeing a return to democratic elections.
In a statement read by an aide on national television, Gen Assimi Goita said elections next year to restore an elected government would go ahead as planned.
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