Many in the international and regional community are worried about how political instability in Mali can impact West Africa as August 18’s military coup in Mali led to the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and dissolving of the parliament.
Anti-government protests on one hand, celebrated Keita’s ousting while allies and other countries have condemned the mutiny. The U.S. Department of States, in a statement has strongly condemned the mutiny and has called for restoration of constitutional government. The President of South Africa on other hand has also expressed condemnation of the mutiny and has called for an “immediate return to civilian rule”.
The mutineers who called themselves the National Committee for the People’s Salvation have said to oversee new elections and ensure restoration of stability in the region.