Following the arrest of Mali President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other members of the Malian Government, the President of the African Union Commission in a communique released shortly after the arrest has condemned the act.
The communique reads:
“The Chairman of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the arrest of President Ibrahim, Boubacar Keita, the Prime Minister and other members of the Malian Government and calls for their immediate release.
“He firmly condemns any attempt at anti-constitutional change and calls on the mutineers to stop all recourse to violence and respect for republican institutions.
“He calls on the Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations and the entire international community to effectively combine their efforts to oppose any use of force to end the political crisis in Mali.