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

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).
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).
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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 […]

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