Mali coup leader: Ex-president 'in good health'

BABA AHMED MARTIN VOGL Associated Press Published:

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- The leader of Mali's coup read a prepared statement on national television, saying that the country's ousted president is "in good health."

Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo did not indicate where President Amadou Toumani Toure is located, or even if the putschists are holding him. Toure has not been seen or heard from since renegade soldiers surrounded the presidential palace late Wednesday, and later forced their way in, going room to room to try to find the 63-year-old Toure.

The coup in Mali has come as a shock. The country is considered one of the more mature democracies in West Africa. And Toure was due to retire next month, when his second term expires.