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The African Union condemns the arrest of the President of Mali and other senior officials and calls for their immediate release

August 18, 2020

The President of the African Union Commission (AU) Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday condemned the arrest of the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, as well as Prime Minister Boubou Cissé and other high-ranking officials allegedly arrested by the military. Mutineers and has called for their “immediate” release in connection with a possible coup attempt.

Mahamat rejected “any attempt at unconstitutional change” in the country in a message broadcast on his Twitter account and urged the mutineers to “stop using violence and respect the Republican institutions”.

He called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations and “the entire international community” to unite and “reject any use of force to end the political crisis in Mali”. “.

The African Union condemns the arrest of the President of Mali and other senior officials and calls for their immediate releaseThe African Union condemns the arrest of the President of Mali and other senior officials and calls for their immediate release

According to the mutinous military, both Keita and Cissé, as well as other high-ranking officials in the country, were arrested and transferred to a military base in Kati, 15 kilometers from Bamako, where mutiny was reported throughout the morning.

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