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2020 Malian coup d'état

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2020 Malian coup d'état
Part of the Mali War and 2020 Malian protests
Date18 August 2020 (2020-08-18)
Location
Result
Belligerents

Mali Government of Mali


Mali National Committee for the Salvation of the People[1]

Commanders and leaders
Mali Ibrahim Keïta  Surrendered
Mali Boubou Cissé  Surrendered
Mali Assimi Goita
Mali Ismaël Wagué[1]
Strength
Unknown Unknown

On 18 August 2020, elements of the Malian Armed Forces began a mutiny.[2][3] Soldiers on pick-up trucks stormed the Soundiata military base in the town of Kati, where gunfire was exchanged before weapons were distributed from the armory and senior officers arrested.[4][5] Tanks and armoured vehicles were seen on the town's streets,[6] as well as military trucks heading for the capital, Bamako.[7] The soldiers detained several government officials including the President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta who resigned and dissolved the government.[8] This is the country's second coup in less than 10 years, following the 2012 coup d'état.

Background[edit source | edit]

Protests in Mali had been ongoing since 5 June, with protesters calling for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.[9][10][11][12][13] Protesters were displeased with the management of the ongoing insurgency, alleged government corruption and a floundering economy.[14]

Coup d'état[edit source | edit]

On the morning of 18 August 2020, soldiers began firing bullets into the air at a military base in Kati, a town 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) away from Bamako, the capital of Mali.[2] After moving into the capital, the mutineers arrested Minister of Finance Abdoulaye Daffe, the Chief of Staff of the National Guard,[4] and Moussa Timbiné, speaker of the National Assembly.[7] The Prime Minister, Boubou Cissé, appealed for dialogue with the mutineers, acknowledging they held "legitimate frustrations".[15] A mutiny leader later claimed that Keïta and Cissé had been arrested at the former's residence in Bamako;[16][17] African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki confirmed that Keïta, Cissé, and other officials had been arrested and called for their release.[18] A spokesman for the M5-RFP opposition coalition welcomed their detention, describing it as a "popular insurrection".[15]

The officials were taken to the military camp in Kati where the uprising began.[18] As news of the mutiny spread, hundreds of protesters gathered at Bamako's Independence Monument to demand Keïta's resignation.[19] Protesters also set a building belonging to the Ministry of Justice ablaze.[19]

It is not clear how many soldiers took part in the mutiny, who began the mutiny or who will now take charge.[20]

Aftermath[edit source | edit]

President Keïta resigned around midnight,[16] while also dissolving the government and parliament. "I want no blood to be spilled to keep me in power," he added.[20]

Military leaders had ordered closure of all border crossings and imposed a night-time curfew. "As of today, 19 August 2020, all air and land borders are closed until further notice. A curfew is in place from 21:00 to 05:00 until further notice," Col-Major Ismaël Wagué, Malian Air Force deputy chief of staff, said in a televised address. He also invited opposition groups to talks for fresh elections.[20]

International reaction[edit source | edit]

Representatives of several countries[lower-alpha 1] condemned the coup, as did representatives of the African Union,[30] European Union,[31] and United Nations.[32] Amnesty International called for the release of the detainees.[33] Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution condemning the coup and calling on the soldiers to return to their barracks and release all detainees without delay.[34]

See also[edit source | edit]

Notes[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

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