Skooter reporting 03/23/12
Mali troops ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure Wednesday, that resulted to a widespread condemnation of the mutineers. The UN Security Council urged for the "immediate restoration of constitutional rule and the democratically elected government".
All aids were suspended as announced by The World Bank and African Development Bank until the crisis is resolved. The leaders of the coup went on state TV saying they had closed the borders and that the president was safe.
However, it was reported by a government official that President Amadou Toumani Toure was not in the hands of mutineers and that soldiers ransacked and looted the presidential palace in the capital Bamako, following the coup.
Meantime, in a separate event, Kenya's Foreign Ministerand his delegation are stranded in the Bamako airport due to closure. They were having an African Union meeting on peace and security.
Ecowas, the West African regional body said the mutinous soldiers' behavior was at fault and the African Union called the coup as a “significant setback for Mali”. In protest, the former colonial power France suspended its aid to the country.
The mutineers called themselves the Committee for the Re-establishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State (CNRDR), have promised to turn over power to an elected government. The reason why they had led Wednesday’s mutiny was the government did not give enough arms to fight a rebellion by ethnic Tuareg in northern Mali.
A mid-ranking soldier by the name of Capt. Amadou Sanogo is the leader of the mutiny. Sanogo appeared in the state TV briefly and announced the imposition of a national curfew and the constitution has been suspended.
It is believe the coup may tail off, with the explanation that the mutinous troops are not well equipped and that they were not backed up by the majority of the Malian forces and is only lead by mid-ranking officer, BBC said.
The elite Red Berets unit loyal to the president is believed to have protected Toure, reports said. But the foreign minister and a number of other ministers had been arrested by the renegade soldiers.
For the last 20 years, Mali has had democratic rule where it has become a role model to other emerging democracies can emulate to. The US and France have called on the soldiers and government to put an end to their dispute through peaceful means.