Global Leaders condemn the coup in Mali Amid worry about extremists

Global Leaders condemn the coup in Mali Amid worry about extremists

Bamako, Mali – African and Western leaders on Wednesday condemned the junta that forced the president of Mali from power, the coup warning was a deep blow to the West African nation, which could jeopardize the fight against ‘ Islamic extremism. The soldiers themselves the National Committee for the salvation of people calling promised they would eventually hand over power to a civilian interim government but gave no timetable. the members of the junta have asked to return Malians business as usual. A day earlier, armed soldiers have fired into the air outside President Ibrahim Boubacar Ke├»ta home and took him into custody. A troubled Keita his resignation on television announced. The condemnation of the coup was strong and fast from all sides, what the international concern about the instability in Mali and West Africa, and the largest overall increase of attacks by Islamic extremists and the economic consequences, which are were among the drivers of illegal migration to Europe. The African Union has suspended Mali from the block and the West African ECOWAS bloc has said it would stop all economic, trade and financial flows and transactions between the Member States and Mali. to stabilize the former colonizer of the country of France, how to conduct a military operation in 2013 to oust extremists from power in the north, has called for an immediate return to civilian rule worked. The United States has called for dialogue. “The priority is not to lose the battle against terrorism,” said a French official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not mentioned publicly agreed, according to official policy. Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres and the Security Council called for the immediate release of Keita, Prime Minister and others. The UN is spending $1.2 billion a year to more than 15,000 men strong peacekeeping mission in the country, and the main body of peace, said Jean Pierre Lacroix meet Wednesday a closed Security Council that the force “to play her remains in office engaged role. .. but the country must quickly a measure of the stability of institutions and the constitutional order to regain. “Tuesday’s developments” represent a huge setback “after seven years of investments by partners Malian international face uncertainty and challenges, said Judd Devermont, -Programms Africa director at the center for strategic and International studies. The country “will be paralyzed by the political disputes for the future, and our ability to work with government services and security are lower and be cautious,” he said. “This time the agent is really dangerous for the security in the region.” Mali has long been celebrated as a pillar of stability and democracy in West Africa, but has been plagued by violence and instability since 2012, created as a coup created a power vacuum that Islamic extremists have taken advantage. He has assumed the acquisition Tuesday disturbing similarities to the 2012 coup – the junta has also come from the same barracks, where the last came. Many now fear what might happen if these parallels continue. Over the last coup, Islamic extremists have taken control of the main cities of the north and begin to implement their strict interpretation of Islamic law. Only a military operation LED of the French forces could move, although the extremist only grouped in the desert and started in the area regularly attacks against peacekeepers and soldiers to begin. In the following years, Islamic extremism is increasingly not only Mali has swallowed, but also Burkina Faso and Niger in a neighboring region where US troops more than 1400, including the special forces. back Coup Tuesday also marks a worrying step for West Africa, where the military power were becoming more and more a thing of the past. unpopular rulers in recent years, however, forced into exile nearly fell as soldiers in the middle of the night. After months of protests against the government of the deteriorating Keita security he was forced to hand Tuesday. mutinous soldiers surrounded his residence, fired shots into the air and eventually arrested him and his prime minister. Keita then announced his resignation on state television ORTM. He said that the National Assembly would be dissolved. Even as the international community condemned the starting shot Keita was met with applause from the anti-government protesters in the capital Bamako. “It’s not soldiers, so did the coup – it is the people of Mali who launched a coup for life,” said Djenebou Sidibe to show where among a small group of people in a square in Bamako gathered support for the military, Keita won the election in 2013 a landslide that to get out of a field of more than two dozen candidates over 77% of the votes. He won re-election five years later, but his political fate has since fallen. While facing the Islamic Mali began Keita took office, many of his government had not done enough to end the violence. only the extremists their scope extends to infiltrate in the central part of the country, where they ignited the tensions between the ethnic groups. The attacks have increased dramatically in recent years. The opposition to his government continued to rise after the parliamentary elections earlier this year that tens of controversial candidates. In a conciliatory gesture, Keita said to keep it in contested areas, voting was opened again. But by June it took protesters to the streets en masse for its dismissal request. Analysts said there were few signs that the opposition leaders are aware of the attempted coup, even if they were now to benefit from the possibilities available to serve in any transitional government that emerges. While Keita had become deeply unpopular, troubled some Malians that the future would be even worse. “I condemn the coup, why not move the country forward, we are keeping behind will,” said Sedou Dolo, sitting at a tea stall in Bamako. “If the army is hoping to get a lot of things, but nothing is really happening.” ___ PETESCH reported from Dakar, Senegal. Associated Press writer Krista Larson in Dakar, Senegal, Angela Charlton in Paris, Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations and contributed.
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