The armed forces in Mali have ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta from power and declared their intention to set up a transitional government ahead of new elections.

It follows the president’s appearance on state television to say he had resigned from office.

He and his prime minister were taken at gunpoint from the capital to a military camp.

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The United Nations and African Union have denounced the military takeover.

The regional organisation, Ecowas, announced a blockade along the country’s borders and have suspended financial links.

The UN Security Council will meet later on Wednesday.