Soldiers who executed the coup in Mali leading to the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, have defended their decision.
The President resigned and dissolved parliament when the soldiers held him at gunpoint.
The soldiers, on Wednesday, said Keita’s removal was done to save Mali from further crises.
They also disclosed plans to form a civilian transitional government that will organize fresh elections.
Col. Ismael Wague, who is the spokesman for the mutineers, in a state broadcast, called his group the “National Committee for the Salvation of the People”.
He also called for the collaboration of civil societies and political movements in Mali, to create an environment for a political transition that would lead to elections.
“Our country is sinking into chaos, anarchy and insecurity, mostly due to the fault of the people who are in charge of its destiny,’’ he was quoted as saying.