Mali military junta closes border


The soldiers who ousted Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta have ordered the closure of all border crossings and imposed a night-time curfew in the country.

Malian Air Force deputy chief of staff and Spokesman for the soldiers, who call themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, made the announcement on Wednesday.

“As of today, 19 August 2020, all air and land borders are closed until further notice. A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am [local time] until further notice,” Col-Major Ismaël Wagué said in a televised address.

He also extended an invitation to opposition groups – which have been calling for reforms – for talks leading to fresh elections.

“Civil society and political social movements are invited to join us to create together the best conditions for a civil political transition leading to credible general elections for the exercise of democracy through a road-map that will lay the foundations for a new Mali,” he said.

President Keita announced his resignation and dissolution of parliament on Tuesday night, after he was arrested alongside Prime Minister Boubou Cissé and other top government officials by the rebel soldiers.

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