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After ousting President Keita, military promises elections in Mali, holds talks with opposition

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Military of African country of Mali has promised the people of holding elections and setting up a civilian transitional government after ousting of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The soldiers of country’s military said that the coup was carried out to prevent further chaos in the country. President Keita resigned and dissolved the government on Tuesday and said he did “not want blood to be spilled to keep me in power.” He was arrested hours before the coup was carried out by military in Mali.

The mutiny has been condemned by UN Security Council and has urged released of President and other officials. The African Union (AU), which has a security council of 15 members, has called for “restoration of constitutional order” in Mali.

Mali is an African country which stretches into Sahara Desert. One of the poorest in the world, Mali has had several military takeovers in the past. The current rebellion and takeover by military is to fight the jihadist attacks and ethnic violence in country. President Keita’s ousting has been welcomed by people and opposition due to his support and failure to tackle the terrorism in the country.

Military that is called National Committee for the Salvation of the People has clarified that it doesn’t want to stay in power. Col Ismael Wague, the group’s spokesman said, “We are keen on the stability of the country, which will allow us to organize general elections to allow Mali to equip itself with strong institutions within the reasonable time limit.” Col Wague is also the air force deputy chief of staff.

He also urged civil and political groups of Mali in a televised statement to “help create a political transition leading to credible general elections for the exercise of democracy through a roadmap that will lay the foundations for a new Mali.” All air and land borders of Mali will be closed from 21:00 to 05:00.

The leaders of military who carried out the coup met opposition leaders who welcomed the ousting of President Keita. President has been accused of failure of putting a hold on jihadist insurgency in Mali and for its economy collapse. Colonel Assimi Goita who has emerged as the new military leader has urged civil servants to resume work.

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