Ousted Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta now free but under ‘house arrest’.

Mali’s military junta says that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has been released from detention, and is at his home.

It could not be confirmed if the former president is placed under house arrest.

Reports say his house was turned upside down by the coupists who reportedly harassed his family and as at Thursday his son fled abroad.

President Keita was arrested during last Tuesday’s military takeover and hours later announced his resignation as president which diplomats argue was done under duress and undue influence..

The coup came amid growing dissatisfaction over the government’s handling of the economy and the jihadist conflict in the north.

President Keïta’s release has been a key demand of Mali’s neighbors and international organizations, including the African Union and European Union.

Nigeria’s President had demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the ousted Malian President.

West African mediators say the coup leaders want to stay in power for a three-year transition period. They had earlier said they were not interested in power.


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