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Daphné Benoit, AFP | File photo of Malian army soldiers in Gao, northern Mali on July 24, 2019.

Mali’s former coup leader Assimi Goita fired the president and prime minister of the transitional government Tuesday but promises to still hold new elections next year.

The move came a day after the two leaders were arrested by the military following their announcement of a cabinet reshuffle. Goita said the president and prime minister had acted without consulting him.