Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, President of Mali as well as Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, were arrested on Tuesday by “mutinous soldiers” resulting in protestors storming the Wet African country’s capital.
Troops arrested them in a suspected coup, according to the chairman of the African Union.
Earlier on Tuesday, Malian Prime Minister Cisse had posted a plea to troops on Facebook, asking the military to put down its arms and engage in dialogue.
Cisse said in a statement before his detention that there was no problems that could not be solved in dialogue.
Mali’s 75-year-old President Keita has been facing public discontent since May, after the country’s top constitutional court overturned results from disputed parliamentary elections, paving the way for Keita’s party to occupy a majority of the vacant seats.