Mali coup leader fired

2013-08-29 20:33

Bamako - Mali's interim government has removed General Amadou Sanogo, who led a coup last year, as head of a military committee tasked with reforming the West African country's armed forces, a government statement said.

The removal gives a clean slate to president-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, elected by a landslide in an 11 August run-off. Sanogo had remained influential behind the scenes after the March 2012 coup which plunged Mali into crisis.

Tuareg rebels and their al-Qaeda linked Islamist allies took advantage of the chaos following the coup to rout Mali's army and seize the northern two-thirds of the landlocked nation. A massive French military intervention launched in January broke the rebels' grip over northern Mali.

After agreeing to step aside, Sanogo, then still a captain, was appointed by Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore to head a committee tasked with reforming the Malian army.

"Interim President Dioncounda Traore repealed the decree appointing General Amadou Haya Sanogo head of the monitoring committee for the reform of the defence forces and security," said a statement issued after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

In a surprise move, the interim government had promoted Sanogo on 14 August to a four-star general, angering human rights campaigners who accused his military junta of arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearances.

Western diplomats said the promotion was designed to usher Sanogo into retirement.

  • Victor van der Walt - 2013-08-29 22:54

    Another coup coming!!!

  • Whatalotigot Smarties - 2013-08-30 04:24

    From Captain to General in less than 12 months? This only happens in Africa.

  • Oarabile Rodney M - 2013-08-30 05:25

    Can he go nd collect his iligitimate son at Arsenal too

  • Tumi Moetlo - 2013-08-30 10:48

    We experienced that in 1993 prior democratic elections.TVBC homelands and central.Millitary and police

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