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The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the military coup in Mali and called for the urgent restoration of constitutional order.

The condemnation comes after mutinying soldiers took control of the West African nation, forcing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign. This is the second time that Mali has witnessed a coup d’état in the eight years.

The military junta rejected reports of casualties. However, Amnesty International confirmed the death of four people, while 15 others sustained bullet injuries during the unrest.

Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world, is already battling an ongoing insurgency and weak economy.

The mutinying soldiers said that the takeover will prevent the country from falling into further chaos, BBC reported.

Colonel Assimi Goita, one of the leaders who led the revolt, took over the responsibility of the new head of state, the publication added.

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Local newspaper Journal du Mali quoted Colonel Goita as saying: “We have no political ambitions, we are soldiers, our objective is to rapidly transfer power.

“The state will continue, we assure you of our support in order to work in tranquillity, we want to reassure you.”

Following the military takeover, Mali was suspended from the African Union and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

According to a Reuters report, the capital of Bamako was calm following the coup, while the military junta requested people return to their normal life.

Military leaders have also promised to organise an election.