The Leaders of Mali's Last Coup Do It Again

MALI, SAYS Kevin, a 32-year-old teacher in Bamako, the capital, “has absolutely no future.” “Malians don’t deserve this,” he adds. “It's political chaos.” The evening before, on May 24th, soldiers detained Bah Ndaw, the president, (pictured) and Moctar Ouane, the prime minister, and took them to a military camp outside Bamako. Just last September the pair had been appointed to lead a transition to elections, after a group of soldiers led by Assimi Goïta staged a coup to depose Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, then the president. Less than a year later Colonel Goïta, since installed as vice-president, has turned on them. He claimed that they had not respected the transitional charter and did not consult him about a cabinet reshuffle. Therefore, he declared, they had been stripped of their powers.


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