The African Union has suspended Mali’s membership after soldiers on Tuesday ousted the nation’s president and his government.
A 25-year-old Colonel, Malick Diaw, 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.
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 a spiralling political crisis in the fragile West African nation.
The African Union’s Peace and Security Council the suspension of Mali would remain in effect until the restoration of constitutional order in the West African nation.
It also demanded that President Boubacar Keita and other senior officials be released.
In a related development, local heavyweight Nigeria condemned the coup in Mali, demanding an immediate “restoration of constitutional order”.
“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,” Nigeria’s Foreign Minister tweeted Wednesday.
“We welcome the urgent activation of the ECOWAS Standby force,” it added, referring to the Economic Community of West African States, an influential 15-member political and economic bloc.