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Mali military coup: How the world reacted | News



Military officers have taken charge in Mali after detaining President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at gunpoint and forcing him to resign, in a coup d’etat that drew immediate international condemnation.

The 75-year-old Keita had been the target of weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation over what opponents said were his failure to restore security, address corruption and lift living standards.

The organisers of the coup have pledged to restore stability and oversee a transition to elections within a “reasonable” period.

Below is a roundup of regional and global reaction to the events in Mali:

African Union suspension

Cyril Ramaphosa, the chairman of the African Union (AU) and president of South Africa, condemned the “unconstitutional change of government” in Mali and demanded the release of Keita and other top government officials.

The AU also said on Wednesday that it was suspending Mali’s membership until constitutional order is restored. 

ECOWAS blockade

In a statement, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) expressed “great concern” over the “seizure of power by Malian military putschists”.

The 15-nation bloc, which had tried to mediate in the political crisis between Keita and the opposition, said its members would close land and air borders to Mali and demand sanctions against “all the putschists and their partners and collaborators”.

The 15-nation bloc also said that it would suspend the country from its internal decision-making bodies. 

UN calls for release of held politicians

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday demanded “the immediate and unconditional release” of Mali’s president and members of his government. 

“The secretary-general strongly condemns these actions and calls for the immediate restoration of constitutional order and rule of law in Mali,” a spokesman for Guterres said in a statement

“To this end, he demands the immediate and unconditional release of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and members of his cabinet,” added the spokesman, Stephane Dujarric.

European Union: ‘Return to the state of law’ 

European Union leaders also called for the “immediate freeing” of the detained politicians and “for a return to the state of law”.

“We believe that the stability of the region and of Mali, and the fight against terrorism should be an absolute priority,” EU Council President Charles Michel said after a video summit of the bloc’s 27 leaders on Wednesday.  

South Africa: ‘Immediate return to civilian rule’

The government of South Africa called for an “immediate return to civilian rule”.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ramaphosa also urged the people in Mali to “observe the rule of law and engage in peaceful dialogue to resolve their differences”.

 Nigeria: ‘Restoration of constitutional order’

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama condemned the military coup and called for the “immediate and unconditional restoration of constitutional order”.

In a statement on Wednesday, he also welcomed the activation of the ECOWAS standby force. 

Angola: ‘We repudiate this way of forcing the alternation of power’ 

Angolan President Joao Lourenco also denounced the events in Bamako.

In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, he said his government had carefully monitored the latest events, and despite the reasons “on which the president was ousted”, his government “repudiate[d] and discourage[d]” this way of forcing a change in power. 

Translation: “We carefully monitored the latest events in Mali. Regardless of the reasons on which the President-elect was ousted, we repudiate and discourage this way of forcing the alternation of power.” 

Algeria: ‘Rejection of any anti-constitutional change’ 

Algeria also rejected the coup in its neighbouring country and called for elections in line with its constitution.

“Algeria reiterates its firm rejection of any anti-constitutional change of government,” the foreign ministry said in a statement,

It said Algeria was following with “concern” developments in Mali, with which it shares an almost 1,400km-long (870-mile) border.

Algiers called on “all parties to respect constitutional order and to return to reason for a rapid end to the crisis”, the ministry said. “Only polls constitute the path to power and legitimacy,” it added.

US condemns ‘mutiny’

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the “mutiny” and called on all political and military actors to work towards the restoration of a constitutional government.

“We urge all stakeholders in Mali to engage in peaceful dialogue, to respect  Malians’ rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and to reject violence,” Pompeo said in a statement.

China opposes change by force

The government of China called for a peaceful solution to the crisis in Mali.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, speaking at a regular press briefing, said Beijing was paying close attention to the situation and opposed the change of power through means such as the use of force.

He added that China supported the efforts of relevant regional and international organisations, especially the AU and ECOWAS, in finding a peaceful solution to the crisis in Mali.

Turkey ‘deeply concerned’

In Turkey, the governing AK Party’s deputy chairman for foreign affairs called for the “immediate release” of Keita and other senior officials.

Cevdet Yilmaz on Wednesday expressed Ankara’s deep concern and said it hoped for people’s “unity, stability and a speedy return to a normal democratic political order”. 

Germany: ‘Closely monitoring the situation’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel “condemned the military putsch” and said she wished to promote “stability in Mali and peaceful relations”.

She also said German soldiers stationed in Mali were not in any danger, while the foreign office added that “it was closely monitoring the situation and had closed the embassy as a precaution”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the coup in Mali has so far not affected the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the West African country [AFP]

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge



Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.



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According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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