Mali’s PM resigns after being arrested by junta

 

Mali’s prime minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra has resigned on state television today, hours after soldiers who led a recent coup burst into his home and arrested him, in the latest sign of the volatile political situation in this once-stable West African nation.

 

The Prime Minister addressed the nation by saying that the country is living through a period of crisis. He added that men and women who are worried about the future of their nation are hoping for peace.

 

A police officer and an intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press confirmed that 60-year-old Diarra had been arrested at his private residence yesterday by soldiers loyal to Captian Amadou Haya Sanogo, the leader of the country’s recent coup.

 

Mr. Diarra was getting ready to leave the country for Paris and the plane that was due to take him was already taxiing at the airport. It’s unclear if the trip to France was planned, or if Mr. Diarra had gotten wind of the pending arrest and was trying to flee.

 

 

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