Tuesday’s military coup in Mali that supplanted the government of President Boubacar Keita was led by two colonels; Sadio Camara and 25 year old Malick Diaw.
According to a Malian journalist, Seydou Oumar Traoré, Camara was the ex-director of the military Prytaneum of Kati, who had just returned from training in Russia.
Malick Diaw is the Chief of Staff of the 3rd Military Region of Kati.
Also mentioned was Lieutenant-Colonel Mama Seku Lelenta.
It was not clear how many senior officers were involved in the coup, but Brigadier General Cheick Fanta Mady Dembélé was mentioned.
The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has rejected the military coup in Mali and ordered sanctions against its ringleaders.The bloc of 15 West African countries condemned the mutiny within the Mali’s armed forces that led to seizure of power and ousting of President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita. Mr Keita announced his resignation in a televised address, adding that he had dissolved his government.
However, in a statement issued by the Ecowas Commission in Abuja, the body says the coup is likely to have a negative impact on peace and stability in Mali as well as the region.
Ecowas said it had been mediating for more than two months in order to find a solution to the political crisis in Mali.