Mali PM arrested trying to leave country - military spokesman

BAMAKO Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:18pm EST

BAMAKO Dec 11 (Reuters) - Security forces in Mali arrested Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra late on Monday 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.