go to top
Members of the junta wave from a military vehicle as Malians gather to celebrate, in Bamako. Members of the junta wave from a military vehicle as Malians celebrate the recent overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, in Bamako, Mali, Aug. 21, 2020 (AP photo).

With Keita Gone After Another Coup, Mali Enters a New Phase of Uncertainty

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020

In the early hours of Aug. 19, five men in various shades and styles of military fatigues took to Mali’s national TV station to introduce themselves. The mid-ranking officers had begun the previous day with a mutiny in the garrison town of Kati and ended it by arresting the president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, in the capital, Bamako. Malians had been glued to their TV sets for hours. First, they watched a detained Keita offer his resignation and dissolve the Malian government on live TV. Then, they met the anonymous men in berets who were now in charge—and still are.

Calling themselves the Comité National pour le Salut, or CNSP, the junta pledged to “organize general elections to allow Mali to equip itself with strong institutions within a reasonable time limit,” and to oversee a “political transition leading to credible elections for the exercise of democracy through a roadmap that will lay the foundations for a new Mali.” ...

To read more,

enter your email address then choose one of the three options below.

Subscribe to World Politics Review and you'll receive instant access to 10,000+ articles in the World Politics Review Library, along with new comprehensive analysis every weekday . . . written by leading topic experts.