‘Concerned’ Ramaphosa condems forceful removal of Malian president


South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the detaining of Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at gun point by soldiers, which subsequently led to his resignation.

Ramaphosa, who is the current chair of the African Union, said he condemned the unconstitutional change of government in the west African country.

In a statement, Ramaphosa called for an immediate return to civilian rule and for the military to return to their barracks.

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

He 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.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita stepped down as head of state on national broadcaster ORTM at around midnight on Tuesday.

This follows his detainment earlier in the day, along with Prime Minister Boubou Cisse and other top officials, at a military camp near the capital Bamako.

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