As nations condemn the military takeover in Mali, United Nations has also condemned of the coup which forced President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta to resign.

According to BBC, the UN’s Security Council echoed similar calls by regional bodies for the immediate release of all government officials and the restoration of constitutional order.

In reaction to the act, the soldiers said they carried out the coup to prevent the country falling into further chaos.

Furthermore, on the way forward after the coup, they said they will set up a civilian government and hold new elections.

Mali, a country which is currently battling to contain a wave of jihadist attacks and ethnic violence, stretches into the Sahara Desert.

Going memory lane, Mali has experienced several military takeovers, and it is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Mr Keïta won a second term in elections in 2018, but since June has faced huge street protests over corruption, the mismanagement of the economy and disputed legislative elections.

There has also been anger among troops about pay and the conflict with jihadists.