Mali’s military junta releases two senior government officials, Russia calls for negotiations to end the crisis

The two senior government officials who were detained following the ouster of President Ibrahim Keita, have been released by Mali’s military junta who took power following weeks of protests in the West African country.

Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were among other top government officials who were detained after the military took control of the power. Various countries and bodies, including the UN, AU and ECOWAS have denounced Keita’s ouster after he made a televised resignation from his post and announced the immediate dissolution of his government and the National Assembly. Meanwhile, Russia has called for a peaceful negotiation on the situation prevailing in Mali. Russia “is seriously concerned about the developments in Bamako. We urge all Malian public and political forces to settle the situation peacefully at the negotiating table. The situation in Bamako remains tense: some government and residential buildings are being robbed and the crime rate has spiked, said Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

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