What is happening in Mali
Mali has been in turmoil for years, and now it has no government. Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his prime minister, Boubou Cissé, were detained along with other government officials by the country’s armed forces. The coup came in force earlier this week.
Protests and corruption
The coup was followed by months of mass protests against alleged corruption and worsening security in this West African country.
The soldiers behind the coup call themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of the People. The leaders of the military coup said they would enact a political transition and stage elections within a “reasonable time”. The 75-year-old president had still three years to go for next term.
Mali has been witnessing violence and corruption, and most recently radical uprising too. There were allegations against Keita about forged elections and endangering national security.
Both Europe and the USA have been closely following the events in Mali. France has always been involved in the affairs of Mali, its former colony, decades after the country gained independence in 1960. Mostly because of its fight against the Islamists in the region. The United States, too, has military advisers in Mali, and US officials didn’t want to lose a supportive government in that country. Now after the coup, the world would again try to win over the forces.