2020 Malian coup d'état

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On August 18, 2020, there was a mutiny in the armed forces of Mali. The president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, resigned that day.

Background[change | change source]

On 18 August 2020, elements of the Malian Armed Forces began a mutiny.[1]

Soldiers on pick-up trucks entered the Soundiata military base in the town of Kati, where gunfire was exchanged before weapons were given from the armory and senior officers arrested.[2][3]

Tanks were seen on the town's streets,[4] as well as military trucks heading for the capital, Bamako.

The soldiers captured several government officials including President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta who later the same day resigned and dissolved the government.[5] This is the country's second coup attempt in less than 10 years.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Gunfire heard at Mali army base, warnings of possible mutiny". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  2. Welle (www.dw.com), Deutsche. "Possible coup underway in Mali | DW | 18.08.2020". DW.COM. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  3. "Mali: Gunfire heard at Kati military camp near Bamako". The Africa Report.com. 2020-08-18. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  4. "Mali soldiers detain senior officers in apparent mutiny". AP NEWS. 2020-08-18. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  5. "Mali president resigns after detention by military, deepening crisis". Reuters. 2020-08-19. Retrieved 2020-08-19.