Mali’s interim president and prime minister resign after arrests

Transition Mali President Bah Ndaw is seen during his inauguration ceremony at the CICB (Centre International de Conferences de Bamako) in Bamako on September 25, 2020. - Mali's interim president, Bah Ndaw, chosen to head a transitional government following a coup last month, was sworn in during ceremonies in the capital Bamako on September 25, 2020. /MICHELE CATTANI/AFP /Getty Images

Mali’s interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane resigned on Wednesday after being arrested by the military on Monday, Reuters has reported.

According to various reports, the resignation was presented to Assimi Goïta, the transitional vice president, during an emergency meeting with former Nigerian president Jonathan Goodluck and his delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Vice president Goïta is now expected to become transitional president after Bah N’Daw’s resignation. 

Bah N’Daw and Ouane were forced from Bamako on Monday in what is the second coup in the Sahel nation in the past year.

ECOWAS and other international institutions called for the release of Mali’s transitional government, with the African Union and other bodies issuing a joint statement on Monday.

France, with its longstanding military commitments in the Sahel, called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council set for Wednesday.