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The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has reacted to the military coup in Mali and the resignation of President Ibrahim Keita.

Earlier reported that a military coup on Tuesday led to the resignation of President Keita after several months of protests by Malians over his government.

Soldiers had arrested the president and some top government officials on Tuesday. Shortly after the incident, Keita announced his resignation and dissolved his cabinet.

Reacting to the development, CDD, in a statement by its Director, Idayat Hassan, condemned the unconstitutional takeover of power in Mali and called for a return to constitutional order in the country.

The statement read in part: “The CDD unequivocally condemns the unconstitutional takeover of power in Mali.

“CDD is of the position that respect for the rights of all detained officials, including President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, is a non-negotiable pathway to resolve the political situation in Mali.

“The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance (A/SP1/12/01) is clear in Article 1(b) that every accession to power must be made through free, fair and transparent elections.”

“CDD, therefore, calls on the people of Mali, not to legitimize the anti-democratic action of the mutinous soldiers, but to exert maximum pressure for the restoration of constitutional government.”

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