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White House calls for restoration of constitutional rule in Mali

03-23-2012 09:43 BJT

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Xinhua) -- The White House on Thursday condemned the violence initiated by some Mali soldiers, calling for an immediate restoration of "constitutional rule" in the West African nation.

"The United States strongly condemns the violence initiated by elements of the armed forces of Mali," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

"We call for the immediate restoration of constitutional rule in Mali, including full civilian authority over the armed forces and respect for the country's democratic institutions and traditions," Carney said.

Earlier Thursday, rebel soldiers stated that they had removed President Amadou Toumani Toure from power. They said that an inclusive government of national unity would be formed to organize fresh polls as soon as possible.

Deaths were reported in the raid on the presidential palace.

"The United States stands by the people of Mali and the legitimately elected government of President Amadou Toumani Toure," Carney said.

He said Washington welcomes "the strong statements by the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States condemning this unconstitutional seizure of power."

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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