Mali: African Union, UN condemn Keita's arrest, demand his release

Mali: African Union, UN condemn Keita's arrest, demand his release

- The world leaders have condemned the arrest and detention of Mali's president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

- Keita was arrested and detained on Tuesday, August 17, by mutinous soldiers

- The embattled president later surrendered and resigned as Mali's president

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Following the political unrest that led to the detention and eventual ouster of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as the president of Mali, the United Nations and the African Union (AU) have condemned the action by mutinous soldiers in the country.

Aljazeera reports that the AU demanded the release of Keita and other top government officials detained by mutinous soldiers in an apparent coup attempt. gathered that the chairman of AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, denounced "any attempt at unconstitutional change" in government, urging the mutineers to "cease all use of violence."

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"I strongly condemn the forced detention of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, the Prime Minister, Boubou Cisse and other members of the Malian government, and call for their immediate release," Faki said in a statement.

African Union, UN condemn arrest of Mali's Keita, demand release

The embattled Mali president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Credit: Daily Trust.
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Faki called on the 15-nation West African ECOWAS bloc, the UN and the entire international community to"combine their efforts to oppose any use of force to end the political crisis in Mali."

The international TV station said that Faki's statement came shortly before UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, also condemned the detention of the government officials and demanded their immediate release.

According to a UN's spokesman, Guterres called for the "immediate restoration of constitutional order and rule of law" in Mali.

Russian deputy foreign minister, Mikhail Bogdanov said his country had received information about the detentions of Keita and Cisse, RIA news agency reported without providing further details.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that Keita was forced out of presidency as he finally tendered his resignation on Wednesday, August 19, amid political unrest in Mali hours after his arrest.

It was reported that the political imbroglio that polarised Mali hit the climax on Tuesday, August 18, as prime minister, Boubou Cisse, and President Keita were arrested by some mutinying soldiers.

In another report, Cisse and Keita were on Tuesday, August 18, arrested by some mutinous soldiers.

The leader of the soldiers informed journalists on Tuesday, August 17, that Cisse and Keita were with them in Bamako, Mali's capital.

A military official who spoke on condition of anonymity had reported that the duo were in an armoured vehicle bound for Kati.

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