Malian troops detained their country’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and other members of the government in the capital of Bamako, Tuesday, August 18.
READ MORE: Soldiers who toppled Mali’s president in a coup Tuesday have appeared on state television and pledged to hold elections within what they call a “reasonable” time.
The coup leaders spoke Wednesday as calls mounted abroad for a restoration of constitutional order in Mali. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the coup in a statement, as did U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the West African bloc ECOWAS and the African Union.
A spokesman for the coup leaders, who call themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, said they took action to avoid further anarchy and insecurity in Mali.
Colonel Ismael Wague said the soldiers are eager for stability rather than power and plan to organize general elections in a timeframe that Wague did not specify.