Mali Junta Arrests 11 Oppositions Calling For Civilian Rule

After rebel troops seized Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse in a dramatic escalation of a months-long crisis. – Neighbouring states in West Africa, along with France, the European Union and the African Union, condemned the sudden mutiny and warned against any unconstitutional change of power in the fragile country.

Eleven opponents of Mali's ruling junta were arrested as they met in the capital after calling for the return of civilian rule in the West African nation, their coalition said Friday.

The military which seized power in 2020 had promised to organise elections and hand over power to civilians by the end of March this year but later postponed elections indefinitely.

Those detained include the heads of parties and political movements which signed a declaration in March calling for the handover of power to civilians, it said in a statement sent to AFP.

They were arrested late Thursday as they took part in an illegal meeting when political party activities are banned, a source in the legal investigation unit said.

They are due to appear before a prosecutor on Friday, a judicial source said.

Their arrest took place during a “private meeting” at the home of a coalition official, the grouping said.

It criticised what it said was yet another “violation of fundamental freedoms” and denounced “these arbitrary arrests”.

Signatories of the declaration dated March 31 had condemned the “legal and institutional void” after a deadline passed for the junta to hand over power.

They called for presidential elections to be called “as soon as possible”.

The colonels in Mali have kept a tight hold on power, suspending all party-political activities and muzzling opponents, journalists and human rights activists.

Mali has since 2012 been plunged into a political and security crisis fuelled by attacks from jihadist and other armed groups, as well as a separatist struggle in the north.

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