– Mutinying soldiers arrested Mali president and Prime minister
– UN Condemns the arrest
– UN to security council to hold Mali meeting.
– AU Condemns the arrest.
There seems to be coup lurking in Mali as mutinying soldiers arraigned the president and the prime Minister.
The crisis rocking Mali has since long thrown the country in disarray as the citizens want their president out.
Malian citizens over some weeks now has wanted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita out of office for crashing the country’s economy and matters relating to insecurity.
Since then, there has been series of international bodies and peace organizations, such as United Nations, African Union among other, who have attempted to resolve this crisis in an amicably manner but all efforts prove to be abortive.
In the latest development that occurred in the evening of Tuesday, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were arrested and detained by mutinying soldiers in the capital during an apparent coup attempt.
The arrest was made several hours after soldiers took up arms and staged a mutiny at a key base in Kati, a town close to Bamako.
Mali’s years-long conflict, in which ideologically-motivated armed groups have stoked ethnic tensions while jockeying for power, has spilled into the neighbouring countries of Niger and Burkina Faso, destabilising the wider Sahel region and creating a massive humanitarian crisis.
Earlier on Tuesday, opposition protesters gathered at a square in Bamako in a show of support for the soldiers while regional and international powers urged the troops to return to the barracks and foreign embassies advised their citizens to stay indoors.
Speaking on the arrest, the Cisse’s director of communication, Boubou Doucoure said the president and the prime minister were were driven by rebel soldiers to Kati in armoured vehicles.
Furthermore, the citizens of the country has since commenced a nationwide protest for the resignation of the president as they claim the arrest is not a coup, rather, a popular insurrection.
According to Nouhoum Togo who address Reuters News Agency, IBK wasn’t ready to listen to his people, even the alternative proposed by the citizens were responded with killings.
UN Condemned the Arrest
Since the coup has started, several international bodies have called for order and peace restoration in Mali.
Speaking on the arrest, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned the arrest of Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and members of the government, calling for their immediate release.
Guterres called for “the immediate restoration of constitutional order and rule of law in Mali.”
UN Security Council to Hold Mali Meeting
The United Nations Security Council will hold on Wednesday afternoon an emergency meeting to discuss the current situation in Mali.The session was requested by France and Niger and will take place behind closed doors, a senior UN diplomat told AFP news agency on condition of anonymity.
EU Condemns the ‘Coup Attempt’ in Mali
The European Union “strongly condemns the coup attempt underway in Mali and rejects any unconstitutional changes,” the block’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Twitter.
“This can in no way be a response to the deep socio-political crisis that has hit Mali for several months.”
AU Condemns the Arrest
Speaking on the arrest, the president of the African Union Commission, HE. Moussa Faki Mahamat has frowned on this decision by the Mali military force.
He therefore calls on the Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations and the entire international community to effectively combine their efforts to oppose any use of force to end the political crisis in Mali.
Read more at: Aljazeera
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