African Union announces ‘immediate suspension’ of Mali after second coup

The African Union has suspended Mali’s membership in response to last week’s military coup and has threatened sanctions if a civilian-led government is not restored, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

The African Union “decides … to immediately suspend the Republic of Mali from participating in all activities of the African Union, its organs and institutions, until normal constitutional order is restored in the country,” the Peace and Security Council of the United Nations said. body in a statement. Tuesday released a statement.

The military arrested interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane last week and pressured them to resign, derailing a move to democratic elections after a new military coup in August last year overthrew the previous government.

Former Vice President Assimi Goita, a colonel who led the August coup and last week’s uprising, was named president on Friday.

The African Union called for “an unfettered, transparent and swift return to the civilian-led transition…if that does not happen, the Council will not hesitate to impose targeted sanctions,” said the AU Peace and Security Council .

Mali’s neighbors and international powers fear the latest uprising will jeopardize a commitment to hold presidential elections in February and undermine a regional struggle against Islamist militants, some of whom are based in Mali’s desert north.

The West African regional bloc ECOWAS suspended Mali on Sunday.

The African Union suspended Mali after last August’s coup, but reinstated the country a few weeks later after the heads of the new civilian-led transitional government were announced.

( Jowharwith REUTERS, AFP)

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