The IPU strongly condemns the coup in Mali that took place on 18 August. Any change of government through the military goes against the core principles of democracy. The IPU calls for respect for the rule of law and for democratically elected institutions.
The IPU is concerned about the fate of members of the dissolved parliament as well as other senior officials arrested during and after the coup. It calls on the authorities to take all necessary measures to secure their immediate release and safeguard their integrity.
The IPU calls for constitutional order to be restored without delay, including a free and fairly elected parliament that reflects the will of the people.
The IPU stands ready to provide assistance in accompanying Mali to a speedy return to democratic civilian rule.