At least four people who had been held captive in Mali have been released by jihadists. Among those released is an old French aid worker, Sophie Petronin, who had been held hostage for four years. The 75 year old, who was running a charity for children with malnutrition was kidnapped by an Islamic militants in December 2016.
At least 180 prisoners have been released from a prison in Bamako by Malian authorities. It is alleged that 70 prisoners were released on Saturday with another 110 on Sunday. They were flown from the northern part of the country. Analysts have argued that the release could be in exchange for an opposition leader who has been held for more than six months.
Mali’s new interim president, Bah Ndaw, signed a decree appointing the former foreign minister, Moctar Ouane, as the nation’s new prime minister. The appointment was announced on Sunday, two days after the president’s swearing-in ceremony, and following a meeting on Saturday with the military junta.
Bah Ndaw has been sworn in as Mali’s civilian president on Friday, filling a seat which had stayed vacant for around five weeks. This comes after the former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was ousted after the August 18 coup. The head of the military junta, Assimi Goita, was also sworn in as the Vice President.