Moussa Kondo

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Colonel-Major Ismael Wague, center, the spokesman for the soldiers identifying themselves as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, holds a news conference at Camp Soudiata in Kati, Mali, on Wednesday. (AP)

We heard the gunfire and rumbling of the military vehicles before we saw them. As the troops rolled into Mali’s capital city of Bamako on Tuesday, they chanted “baara bana!” in our local language of Bambara, which literally means “the job is over”.

That morning, mutinying troops from an army base in Kati, near Bamako, stormed the residence of the president, and arrested both President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé, along with other high-ranking government and army officials. Throngs of mostly young Malians excitedly joined the clamor. Many of these young people welcomed the coup as scores of young people are completely disillusioned with the corrupt regime, unemployed as a result of our country’s economic collapse or restless due to covid-19.…  Seguir leyendo »