Mali PM arrested trying to leave country – military spokesman

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Security forces in Mali arrested Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra late as he tried to leave the country for France, a spokesman for the military said.

“He wanted to leave the country having incited trouble,” said Bakary Mariko, a spokesman for the group of soldiers who seized power in a March coup. It remains powerful despite officially handing power back to civilians earlier this year.

The arrest was confirmed by a diplomat in Mali.