Mali President, Prime Minister Resigns

Following the arrest of Mali President, Prime Minister and the Defence Minister, on Monday, it has been reported that Mali’s interim President and Prime Minister resigned as part of mediation efforts on Wednesday.

According to earlier reports, President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, tasked with steering the return to civilian rule after a coup last August, has been held since Monday and resigned “before the mediator.”

According to reports, a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mediation mission confirmed the President’s resignation to AFP, requesting anonymity.

The team travelled early Wednesday to the Kati military camp around 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the capital Bamako to visit the two detainees.

Ndaw and Ouane has been heading the interim Government with the declared aim of restoring full civilian rule within 18 months.

Also on Monday, the United Nations, African Union, ECOWAS, the EU and the United States issued a joint statement, attacking the detention and demanding the immediate release of Ndaw and Ouane.

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