Another Mutiny Turned Coup - Mali No Stranger to Military Unrest

What appears to have started as a mutiny, and resulted in a coup, came on the heels of renewed civilian protests in Bamako, the Malian capital. Tensions have been high since president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta's 2018 re-election which was marred by irregularities. All the while, he has continued to face allegations of corruption and fraud. On Tuesday, August 18, reports of mutinying soldiers firing into the air and taking control of an army base filtered out of Mali. With limited information on the initial motives of the soldiers, fears of a mutiny, or worse, a coup, set in. The situation escalated quickly when senior government officials were arrested and tanks appeared on the streets of the capital Bamako, write Christopher Michael Faulkner, Jaclyn Johnson, Jonathan Powell and Rebecca Schiel for The Conversation.

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Ibrahim Boubacar Ke?ta, former president of Mali (file photo).

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