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New Malian Authorities Arrest General Responsible for State Security – Reports

© REUTERS / STRINGERA Malian army soldier outside the private house of president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in Bamako
A Malian army soldier outside the private house of president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in Bamako - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The new Malian authorities, who came to power after the recent coup, have detained the state security director, General Moussa Diawara, according to Malian media.
Diawara is believed to have played a great role in the government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was also detained by organizers of the coup, the aBamako news outlet reported on late Thursday.

Earlier in the day, a Malian military source said that the new authorities are discussing with Senegal the possible deportation of detained President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to the country.

The coup began on Tuesday at the Kati military base near the Malian capital of Bamako. The rebels detained Keita, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, and some other senior government officials. Keita then announced his resignation and dissolution of the parliament.

The coup leaders have declared the formation of a National Committee for the Salvation of the People, closed the country’s borders, imposed a curfew, and called for a political transition in the country and general elections.

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