West African nations say that they have put a peacekeeping force on standby and are sending a delegation to Mali to end the crisis there.
Members of ECOWAS, the regional body, also say that they have suspended the country's membership, as the African Union did. They want constitutional order restored.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, the coup leader defended seizing power last week. Hashem Ahelbarra has this exclusive report from the capital Bamako.