order http://ccimiowa.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table.php geneva; font-size: small;”>AU Commission chief Jean Ping said his office was closely following unfolding events and condemned any attempt by the military to seize power.
Since late Wednesday Mali’s presidential palace has been under attack with state television and radio broadcasts interrupted.
AFP quoted an unnamed renegade soldier claiming that rebels had seized the palace and arrested several ministers after a gun battle with elite paratroopers.
“The AU is deeply concerned by the reprehensible acts currently being perpetrated by some elements of the Malian Army in Bamako, Mali, a statement from Mr Ping’s office said.
Mr Ping expressed the strong condemnation by the AU of any attempt to seize power by force, and stressed the need to respect constitutional legitimacy as represented by the republican institutions, including that of the President of the Republic, Mr Amadou Toumani Toure.
President Toure was said to be holed up in the palace.
Mr Ping said he is in contact with current AU current chair Benin president Thomas Yayi Boni and the West African regional bloc, Ecowas.
The Malian unrest erupted after an African Union Peace and Security Council ministerial meeting in the capital Bamako to discuss the political tension in the country.