The United Nations mission in Mali called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of the country’s president and prime minister, who were detained by the military.
Mali’s military on May 24 arrested the country’s interim president, premier and defence chief, transporting them to a military base. This raised fears of a second coup within a year in the country.
The MINUSMA mission said on Twitter that those who hold the leaders will have to answer for their actions.
According to reports, late on May 24, Mr Ouane told a media agency in a phone call that soldiers “came to get him”. Later the call was cut informed the agency.
On the matter, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the EU and the US Mali’s told that the top politicians must be released without any preconditions.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres took to Twitter and wrote, “I am deeply concerned by news of detention of civilian leaders of the Malian transition,” “I call for calm & their unconditional release.”
The reported detentions came just hours after a government reshuffle, which saw two senior army officers who took part in last year’s coup replaced.