President of Mali held in ‘coup’ by soldiers

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    Mr Keita first came to power in 2013 when he won more than 77% of the vote in a democratic election.

    U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned Keita’s arrest which was reiterated by France, the African Union and the US.

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