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Mali junta releases two cabinet members after UN’s meeting

By News Desk,

A United Nations human rights team has secured the release of two senior government officials arrested during the military coup led by Col. Assimi Goita, that toppled the government of President Ibrahim Keita.

The government officials whose release were secured by the U.N. peacekeeping mission, known as the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) are Finance Minister, Abdoulaye Daffe and the president’s private secretary, Sabane Mahalmoudou.

The UN team met with the military junta on Thursday and visited Keita and other detainees late on Thursday, but details of the meeting was not made public while the ousted president remain in detention.

Confirming the development,  the head of Keita’s party, Bocary Treta, while briefing newsmen on the release of the officials said, “they were freed but I don’t know in what condition.”

Meanwhile, the coup leaders had said ensuring stabiliy informed the decision to topple the former government and that talks are ongoing to form transition stakeholders.

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