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Mali: FG condemns coup, demands return to constitutional order

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The Federal Government on Wednesday condemned Tuesday coup d’état in Mali by mutineering soldiers, Daily Times gathered.

Rebel soldiers took President Ibrahim Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse into custody on Tuesday afternoon and drove the pair to a military base on the outskirts of Bamako, which they had seized that morning.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s administration had been plagued by long periods of protests over economic stagnation, corruption, and a ruthless Islamist insurrection that has claimed many lives.

“If it pleased certain elements of our military to decide this should end with their intervention, do I really have a choice?” he said of the day’s events.

“(I must) submit to it, because I don’t want any bloodshed,” the ousted 75-year-old president said in a television broadcast.

The coup’s leaders appeared on television hours later to pledge a political transition and new elections within a “reasonable time”.

It was hazy whether Keita was still held captive at the Kati base, which is a twist of destiny because it was the site of the 2012 putsch that carried him to power.

The upset’s chiefs showed up on TV hours after the fact to promise a political change and new election in a “sensible time”.

Malian Air Force vice president of staff Ismael Wague said he and his individual officials had “chose to assume responsibility before the people and history”.

Reacting on Wednesday, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, tweeted, “The Nigerian Government unequivocally condemns the coup d’état that took place in Mali yesterday and demands the immediate and unconditional restoration of constitutional order. We welcome the urgent activation of the ECOWAS Standby force.”

Nigeria’s President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), alongside some ECOWAS leaders, had in July travelled to Bamako on a peace-keeping mission but the meeting with the protest leader, Imam Dicko, ended in a stalemate.

Meanwhile, the Economic Community of West African States also condemned the coup, pledging to close land and air borders to Mali and push for sanctions against “all the putschists and their partners and collaborators”.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) denounced the coup in an announcement, promising to close land and air borders to Mali and push for sanctions against “all the putschists and their accomplices and teammates”.

The 15-country coalition — which incorporates Mali — likewise said that it would suspend the nation from its internal decision-making bodies.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres requested the “quick and genuine delivery” of Keita and Cisse as representatives in New York said the Security Council would hold crisis chats on Wednesday.

The United States and France additionally delivered separate explanations voicing profound worry about the new development and encouraged against system change.

French President Emmanuel Macron also condemned the act of mutiny, as indicated by his office, and said he upheld intercession endeavors to settle the crisis by other West African states. The US envoy to the region, J. Peter Pham, joined the calls for limitation and repeated its resistance to any “extraconstitutional” change.



3 Comments

Mali: FG condemns coup, demands return to constitutional order - Olaniyan Najim - 6:35 pm

Ok

Mali: FG condemns coup, demands return to constitutional order - Chima MacDonald - 11:05 am

Why will FG commend such act? some Nigerians even want such in there country.

Mali: FG condemns coup, demands return to constitutional order - Abiodun Olutoye - 4:23 pm

Thanks for this information