Military coup in Mali

Wednesday, 19 August, 2020 - 12:59

On the morning of August 18, a mutiny broke out at a military base near the capital of Mali, Bamako.  The military took over the General Staff, arrested the country's top leadership, including President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and formed the so-called National Committee for the Salvation of the People (NKSN).  Under pressure from Keith, on August 19, announced his resignation, as well as the dissolution of the government and parliament.  On the afternoon of August 19, the rebels announced that Colonel Assimi Goita had become the head of the NKSN.  He served in the special forces units of the Armed Forces of Mali and participated in the preparation and implementation of the insurrection.  The mutiny took place at a time when a protracted political, economic, social and military crisis arose in the country.

Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 119th in the world in terms of GDP.  Half of the country's population lives below the poverty line set by the World Bank - with an income of less than $ 1.25 per day.  According to UN estimates, Mali is the 12th poorest country in Africa out of 54 states on the continent.