Mali’s former interim president and prime minister have been released from house detention.

The next interim president of Mali, Bah Ndaw, is sworn in during the Inauguration ceremony on September 25, 2020 in Bamako, Mali. Amadou Keita/Reuters

BAMAKO, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The Democratic Republic of the Republic of the Republic of the Republic of the Republic of the Republic The authorities who detained Mali’s former interim president, Bah Ndaw, and prime minister, Moctar Ouane, in May, have released them from home detention, according to a body overseeing the post-coup transition.

Their arrest by military officers in May signified Mali’s second coup since the August toppling of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The political upheaval alarmed regional powers and allies such as France, who feared it could delay a promised return to civilian rule via democratic elections scheduled for February 2022.

An international body tracking this political transition has been pushing the current interim authorities to release the two from house arrest.

The committee, which includes representatives of West African regional bloc ECOWAS and the African Union, said in a statement that it welcomed a decision to lift these restrictions.

“The committee reaffirms its support for the process of transition in Mali,” it said.

A representative of the Malian authorities did not reply to a request for comment.

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