Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (UN Photo)
New York (UNA-OIC) – UN Secretary General António Guterres has called for the immediate restoration of constitutional order and the rule of law in Mali after mutinying troops arrested the country’s leader and other senior officials on Tuesday.
Soldiers had initially staged a mutiny at a base near the capital, Bamako, before subsequently detaining President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and other members of his government, UN News reported quoting media reports.
“The Secretary General strongly condemns these actions and calls for the immediate restoration of constitutional order and rule of law in Mali,” his spokesperson said in a statement.
“To this end, he demands the immediate and unconditional release of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and members of his cabinet.”
In recent weeks, protests have been held in Mali to demand the President’s resignation, with widespread anger aimed at alleged corruption, mismanagement of the economy, and the progress of the counter-insurgency against Jihadists in northern and central regions.
The UN chief reiterated his call for a negotiated solution and peaceful resolution of differences.
Guterres urged all stakeholders, particularly the defense and security forces, to exercise maximum restraint and uphold human rights. He also expressed his full support to the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) who are working to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Mali, including through the good offices of his Special Representative, Mohamed Ibn Chambas.