Former Malian interim president Bah Ndaw and his prime minister Moctar Ouane have been freed from house arrest, the West African bloc ECOWAS has said.
In a statement released on Friday, ECOWAS said it “welcomes” the move by Mali to lift “all restrictive measures” on the former leaders.
Both men were named as interim civilian leaders after a military coup in August 2020, charged with governing Mali back under civilian rule.
But after a sensitive government reshuffle in May, Mali’s strongman Colonel Assimi Goita overthrew Ndaw and Ouane in a second coup. Goita was later declared interim president.
Advisers to Ndaw and Ouane had indicated that the two leaders had been kept under house arrest after their dismissal.