On 27 May 2021, the military released President Bah N’Daw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane — transitional government leaders whom the military arrested on 24 May — and Vice President Col. Assimi Goita assumed the presidency. The two officials tendered their resignations on 26 May, although the U.N. Security Council and other international arbitrators who were present at the time stated that the resignations were coerced and demanded the military return power to the civilian-led transitional government. Goita and other members of the military junta that ousted the transitional government, and also ousted the previous government during the August 2020 military coup, accused N’Daw and Ouane of appointing new government officials without consulting Goita.

Analyst Comment: While the current state of political affairs remains uncertain and tenuous, the security situation remains relatively stable. Modibo Keita International Airport (GABS/BKO) remains open and operational, and land and air borders remain open.