The Bamako government has announced that a group of Malian officials, backed by the West, attempted a coup last week. Although the military government did not name the alleged foreign criminal, the announcement comes amid ongoing deterioration in relations with Mali, France’s former colonial ruler.
“A small group of progressive anti-Malian officers and non-commissioned officers attempted a coup on the night of May 11-12, 2022.” Government spokesman Colonel Abdulaye Maiga said this on national TV on Monday evening. “These troops were supported by a western state. Attempts to oust Mali’s defense and security forces have failed. “
The government has condemned it “A heinous attack on state security, aimed at thwarting – or even destroying” significant efforts to return to a constitutional order that protects our country and guarantees peace and stability. “ Mali, but gives some details of the alleged plot.
An unnamed military source told Al Jazeera that about 10 people had been arrested so far. The government has confirmed that security has been beefed up at checkpoints around the capital to catch collaborators who may still be large.
The demand for a failed coup comes on the same day that Mali withdraws from the G5 Sahel Force, a multinational effort to crack down on Islamist militants in the region. The five-member team, formed in 2017, included Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Nigeria.
Mali is currently ruled by interim President Asimi Goita, an army colonel who led the 2020 military coup against President Ibrahim Bubakar Keita – as well as the May 2021 coup against his successor, Bah N’Da.
In the wake of the 2021 coup, Goethe’s government has been accused by Western powers of inviting Russian private military contractors to help Bamako fight Islamist militants in the north.
Meanwhile, Bamako’s relations with Paris began to deteriorate. At Goethe’s urging, France withdrew its troops from Mali in February. The country expelled French state media in March for publishing false reports on human rights abuses. Earlier this month, Mali broke off a defense deal with Paris, he noted “Blatant violation” Its sovereignty by French troops.
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