African Union suspends Mali
African Union suspends Mali over recent coup which led to the president of the country, President Keita resigning and dissolving the government of the country
The African Union has now suspended the membership of Mali after soldiers on Tuesday overthrew the president and his government.
This was started by 25-year-old Colonel, Malick Diaw who led the coup that overthrew Mali President Keita and his Government.
On 18 August 2020, elements of the Malian Armed Forces began a mutiny. Soldiers on pick-up trucks stormed the Soundiata military base in the town of Kati, where gunfire was exchanged before weapons were distributed from the armory and senior officers arrested.
Recall that tanks and armoured vehicles were seen on the town’s streets, as well as military trucks heading for the capital, Bamako.
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita today resigned to avoid bloodshed after he was detained in a military coup, whose leaders pledged new elections to resolve an ongoing political crisis in the fragile West African nation
The African Union via a statement also demanded that President Boubacar Keita and other senior officials be released.
Nigeria condemned the coup in Mali, demanding an immediate “restoration of constitutional order”
The Nigerian government released a statement via the foreign minister to the country from Nigeria, saying:
“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,”
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