African Union chair Cyril Ramaphosa condemns Mali coup, demands release of President Keita and return to civilian rule

The chairperson of the African Union who doubles as President of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, has condemned the military coup in Mali and called for the immediate release of President Boubacar Keita, as well as a return to civilian rule.

“Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa has learnt with concern of developments in the Republic of Mali, which have led to the forced resignation of the President of Mali, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita,” the presidency in South Africa said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.

“President Ramaphosa, as Chair of the African Union, condemns the unconstitutional change of government in Mali. 

“President Ramaphosa demands that the Malian military release from detention the President, the Prime Minister, Ministers and other Government executives.

“President Ramaphosa calls for an immediate return to civilian rule and for the military to return to their barracks. 

“President Ramaphosa urged the people of Mali, political parties and civil society, to observe the rule of law and engage in peaceful dialogue in order to resolve their challenges.

“President Ramaphosa further urged African leaders and the entire international community to denounce and reject the military-led unconstitutional change of government and to assist the people of Mali to return to civilian and democratic rule,” the presidency added.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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