Malian soldiers that masterminded the removal of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office on Tuesday have explained the reasons behind their action.
According to Col. Ismael Wague, spokesman for the mutineers who spoke in a broadcast after the coup, they needed to intervene before the country sinks deeper into chaos, anarchy, and insecurity.
Naija News earlier reported on Tuesday that Malian President and his Prime Minister, Boubou Cissé, were “arrested” late Tuesday afternoon in Bamako by mutiny Soldiers supporting the opposition.
After the arrest, Keita resigned and also dissolved parliament as soldiers detained him at gunpoint.
The soldiers have now explained that they took necessary action to prevent further crisis in the West African nation. They have promised to form a civilian transitional government that will organize fresh elections in the country.
They called on civil societies and political movements in the country to join them in working towards restoring a democratic government in Mali as soon as possible.
In a broadcast, Col. Wague, described them as the “National Committee for the Salvation of the People” and was quoted by Reuters to have said: “Our country is sinking into chaos, anarchy and insecurity mostly due to the fault of the people, who are in charge of its destiny.’’