Thursday, 22 March 2012
Mali President Forced To Flee After Coup
President Amadou Toumani Toure has been forced to flee Mali after a military coup , Xinhua reported Thursday.
Rebel soldiers announced on a state TV that they had removed President Toure from power. However they have promised that an inclusive government will be formed to organise fresh polls as soon as possible.
Deaths were reported in the raid on the presidential palace.
Lt. Konare spokesman of the mutinous Malian officers behind the coup speaking on Mali TV
The White House has called for an immediate restoration of "constitutional rule" in Mali.
"The United States strongly condemns the violence initiated by elements of the armed forces of Mali," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.
"We call for the immediate restoration of constitutional rule in Mali, including full civilian authority over the armed forces and respect for the country's democratic institutions and traditions," Carney said.
He said Washington welcomes "the strong statements by the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States condemning this unconstitutional seizure of power."