The most shocking, though predicted, news of the year so far — is the ousting of Mali president, Amadou Toumani Touré, by military Captain Amadou Sango, in the early hours of Thursday.
The successor government, Comité national pour le redressement de la démocratie et la restauration de l’état (CNRDRE), have blamed the coup on the former president’s inability to manage the situation in the Northern part of the country, as well as his incapacity to fight terrorism.
Before now, the military consistently complained to the ousted president about inadequate supplies and military hardware, poor tactical direction and strategic planning. They also complained about a sense of abandonment for soldiers at the warfront, fighting a war that should have been prevented.
The CNRDRE has dissolved state institutions, suspended the constitution, reportedly arrested several ministers, taken over the state broadcaster and announced a curfew, “IRINNEWS AFRICA” reports.
The ousted president who took to power at age 42, through a coup, is now 63. He is currently being detained by the military.