The leader of this week’s coup in Mali has told the BBC that he has no intention of staying in power.

Capt Amadou Sanogo

Capt Amadou Sanogo said he would stand down after making sure the army, which is fighting ethnic-Tuareg rebels in the north, was able to secure the country.

He also said former leaders would be transferred to the justice system, but the president is not believed to be in the custody of the mutineers.

Meanwhile, the African Union has suspended Mali from the organisation.

“[The] council decided Mali should be suspended from further participation in all its activities until effective restoration of constitutional order is achieved without delay,” Paul Lolo, chairman of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, said.

‘Comrades are dying’

A government official told the BBC on Thursday that President Amadou Toumani Toure was safe, but his exact whereabouts are still unknown, two days after he was deposed.

There are unconfirmed reports that he is in a military barracks in the capital, Bamako, being protected by members his elite presidential guard. Read more…