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Nigerian Govt condemns Mali coup, demands return to constitutional order

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The Nigerian Government has condemned the coup d’état that took place in Mali on Tuesday, August 18, and called for the restoration of constitutional order.

Recall that soldiers arrested President Ibrahim Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Tuesday afternoon.

Keita, whose government had been beset by months of protests over economic stagnation, corruption and a brutal Islamist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, later announced on Wednesday that he has resigned to avoid “bloodshed”.

The coup’s leaders appeared on television hours later to pledge a political transition and new elections within a “reasonable time”.

Also Read: ECOWAS condemns the overthrowing of President of Mali, suspends Mali, shutdown borders

Malian Air Force deputy Chief of Staff, Ismael Wague, said he and his fellow officers have “decided to take responsibility in front of the people and of history”.

In a statement released by Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, The Nigerian Government unequivocally condemns the coup d’état that took place in Mali yesterday and demands the immediate and unconditional restoration of constitutional order.

He wrote: “The Nigerian Government unequivocally condemns the coup d’état that took place in Mali yesterday and demands the immediate and unconditional restoration of constitutional order. We welcome the urgent activation of the ECOWAS Standby force.”

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