The current African Union Presidency has requested the release of Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and has called for a process of dialogue to end what it called an “unconstitutional change of government” to the military mutiny on Tuesday.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, on behalf of the continental bloc, has expressed his condemnation of the military uprising that led to the arrest of Keita – who has already announced his resignation – and several members of the Malian government.
Ramaphosa has called for “the immediate return to a civilian regime” and “the return of the military to the barracks”. In this context, he has called on all parties to “respect the rule of law and initiate a peaceful dialogue” in order to resolve the current crisis.
The South African President also took the opportunity to call on “the entire international community” to join the call of the African Union and reject a possible change of government in Mali in order to ultimately restore a “civil and democratic” administration.