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Former PM Boubou Cissé rejects link to a plot against Mali’s transition

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Former Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cissé has rejected claims linking him to a plot "to destabilise the current transition" in the country, according to a statement a copy of which was received by PANA.

"For the past few days my name has been associated, through social networks, with a project to destabilize the Transition, some of whose alleged perpetrators have been subject to arrest measures by the state security services," said the communiqué of the former President's last Prime Minister, Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, ousted in a military coup on August 18.

Cissé, who also headed the Ministry of Finance, also said he was witnessing national and international opinion to an "odious attempt to discredit" his person and "the political ideal" that he is "supposed to embody".

"I am neither directly nor indirectly, in any way whatsoever, associated with any project to destabilise the institutions of my country and I defy anyone to prove otherwise," Cissé asserted.

He maintained that his "high sense of the State" and his respect for "democratic and republican institutions" prohibit him from taking part in any conspiracy against Mali.

State Security has arrested three people in this case of destabilisation of the transition in Mali, including famous columnist, Mohamed Bathjily "Ras Bath" and the director of pari-mutuel betting company, considered to be close to the past regime.

Mali is currently in a period of transition for  eighteen months, since the fall of Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita.

The country is led by a transitional head of state, retired Col. Major Bah N'Daw, a vice president, head of the coup perpetrators, Col. Assimi Guindo and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, a former diplomat.
-0- PANA GT/JSG/MTA/AR 23Dec2020