Reuters Africa

By David Lewis and Tiemoko Diallo

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Renegade Malian soldiers went on state television on Thursday to declare they had seized power in a coup after the government’s failure to quell a nomad-led rebellion in the north.

The soldiers of the newly formed National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State (CNRDR) read out a brief statement after heavy weapons fire rang out around the presidential palace in the capital Bamako throughout the night.

“The CNRDR … has decided to assume its responsibilities by putting an end to the incompetent regime of Amadou Toumani Toure,” said Amadou Konare, spokesman for the National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State (CNRDR).

“We promise to hand power back to a democratically elected president as soon as the country is reunified and its integrity is no longer threatened,” said Konare, flanked by about two dozen soldiers. A subsequent statement declared an immediate curfew “until further notice”.  Read more…