| 16 June 2021, Wednesday | النسخة العربية

African Union suspends Mali after military coup and threatens sanctions

The African Union has suspended the membership of Mali in response to last week’s military coup and threatened sanctions if a civilian-led government is not restored, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

Last week, the military detained interim President Bah Ndaw and PM Moctar Ouane and pressured them to resign, derailing a transition to democratic elections after another military coup last August toppled the former administration.

Former vice president Assimi Goita, a colonel who led the August coup and last week’s revolt, was declared president on Friday.

The African Union called for “an unimpeded, transparent and swift return to the civilian-led transition … failing which, the Council will not hesitate to impose targeted sanctions,” the AU’s Peace and Security Council said.