- The political crisis in Mali on Tuesday, August 18, took a very tragic turn
- Both the president of the nation, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and its prime minister, Boubou Cisse, have been arrested
- The duo were arrested by mutiny soldiers in the country's capital, Bamako
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Disturbing reports claims that the prime minister of Mali, Boubou Cisse, and the nation's president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, were on Tuesday, August 18, arrested by some mutinying soldiers.
The leader of the soldiers informed journalists on Tuesday that Cisse and Keita are with them in Bamako, Mali's capital, Reuters reports.
Confirming the development, a military official who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the duo were in an armoured vehicle bound for Kati.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the closed-door meeting between Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari was on efforts by the international community to resolve the crisis in Mali.
As a special of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to the African nation, Jonathan briefed President Buhari on his efforts and those of other global bodies to resolve the socio-political unrest threatening to tear the nation apart.
The former Nigerian leader told the president that while opposition political party, M5, has continued to insist on the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, international organisations like the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have opted for peaceful dialogue as the best way forward.
Jonathan, according to a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, disclosed that the international community made it clear to the group that it will not support its position.
Briefing Buhari, Jonathan said: “We told them that no international organization, including the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN), and others, would agree with their position. We continued to emphasize the need for dialogue."
It is a known fact that this was not the first time both leaders met over the present political imbroglio that had polarised Mali into opposing sides.
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