The military junta that ousted Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said he stepped into a”constitutional manner”, denying any coup.
“As far as I know, the inherent order remains in position”, stated Thursday Ismaël Wagué, spokesman for the National Committee for the Salvation of the individuals, adding Keita dissolved parliament and stepped as”portion of his prerogative as head of state”.
“We found ourselves in a situation where we can do something and we did something for our nation. It is not over yet, it’s only begun”, he explained.
The junta supporting Tuesday’s army takeover stated that the 75-year-old former president was just being held in a military barracks because of his defense.
Keita was seen late on Tuesday on condition broadcaster ORTM, where he declared his immediate resignation and the dissolution of the government and the National Assembly.
His address came only hours after soldiers needed to surround his home and then fired shots into the atmosphere before detaining him and the prime minister.
West African leaders dropped strain on Mali’s junta, calling on them allowing President Keita to come back to electricity.
Heads of the state by the regional bloc of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday called to the mobilizing of a standby regional military force, saying that Keita has to be permitted to serve the 3 years left in his sentence following this week’s”coup effort.”
They stated they held the junta accountable for his security and other arrested government officials, including they would soon send a delegation into Bamako to attempt to help restore constitutional order.
ECOWAS previously resisted the possible usage of its military power in 2017 following the then-Gambian President Yahya Jammeh refused to admit his election defeat.
Jammeh finally consented to go into exile without a military action was obtained.
The bloc had frozen Mali’s membership, shut its borders with the nation, and promised other monetary sanctions against the junta leaders.
The UN and France also advocated that Keita be published, amid fears that Islamic extremists could once more acquire earth amid the political upheaval, derailing over seven decades of an attempt to stabilize the nation.
French, both the UN and West African partners were attempting to stabilize Mali following a comparable 2012 coup created a power vacuum that enabled jihadists to seize control of northern cities before a French-led army operation the next year.