UPDATE: Tuesday, March 27th:
As the New York Times reports that the Malian mliitants who initiated last week’s coup d’état are struggling to assert their control over the country, countries around the world have halted humanitarian aid to the country, and the acting leader of the European Union has gone so far as to have meetings with the militants to ask for a reversal of control of the country.
Malian armed forces have staged a coup, taking over the Presidential Palace of president Amadou Touré and Mali’s national television station.
Adam Nossiter of the New York Times writes,
In an early morning broadcast on Thursday, a spokesman for the group said Mali’s institutions had been “dissolved” and its Constitution suspended. The spokesman, a previously unknown officer identified in news reports as Lt. Amadou Konare, denounced what he called the “incompetence” of the country’s government. Sporadic gunfire rang out in the capital, Bamako, and several ministers were reported to have been arrested.
Al Jazeera English files this video report:
Africa.com is following the events in Mali and we will post updates as they come in.