Former President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has been freed on Thursday, new Military rulers confirm.

Keita was detained during the country’s coup on August 18, The Punch reports.

In respect to this new development, the junta, also known as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), disclosed on Facebook that, it was “informing public and international opinion that former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been released and is currently in his residence”.

Before his release, several bodies, neighbours and international organisations including the African Union and European Union, had been demanding that Keita be released.

A spokesman for the junta, Djibrila Maiga, while speaking to AFP said, “President IBK is free in his movements, he’s at home,”

Before the resignation of Keita, in the early hours of August 19, the former president said on national TV that he had no other choice, and wanted to avoid “bloodshed.”