Mali’s-President Finally Resigns amid Coup

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Mali's President Resigns amid Coup
Mali's President Resigns amid Coup

Mali’s-President Finally Resigns amid Coup

Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned on tuesday, after being arrested by soldiers.

In a televised address, Mr Keïta said he was also dissolving the govt and parliament.

“I want no blood to be spilled to stay me in power,” he added.

It comes few moments after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé were detained in a military camp near the capital Bamako, drawing condemnation from regional powers and France.

Mali’s-President Finally Resigns amid Coup

“If today, certain elements of our soldiers want this to finish through their intervention, do i actually have a choice?” said Mr Keïta.

“I hold no hatred towards anyone, my love of my country doesn’t allow me to,” he added. “May God save us.”

Earlier, the angry soldiers took over the Kati camp.

There has been anger among troops about pay and over a unbroken conflict with jihadists – also as widespread discontent with the previous president.

Mali’s President Resigns amid Coup

Mr Keïta won a second term in elections in 2018, but there has been anger over corruption, the mismanagement of the economy and therefore the rise of communal violence in areas of the country.

It has resulted to several large protests recent monthly. A new opposition coalition headed by the conservative Imam, Mahmoud Dicko, has engaged reforms after ignoring concessions from Mr Keïta, with the formation of a government that is united.

It was led by Col Malick Diawdeputy head of the Kati camp – and another commander, Gen Sadio Camara.

Mali’s President Resigns amid Coup

After taking up the camp, about 15km (nine miles) from Bamako, the mutineers marched on the capital, where they were cheered by crowds who had gathered to demand Mr Keïta’s resignation.

In the afternoon, on tuesday they stormed the president’s residence and arrested him, along with his prime minister – who were both present.

The president’s son, the speaker of the National Assembly, the foreign and finance ministers were reported to be among the opposite officials detained.

The number of soldiers taking part in the mutiny is unclear.

Mali’s President Resigns amid Coup

Kati camp was also the main target of a mutiny in 2012 by soldiers angry at the lack of the senior commanders to prevent jihadists and Tuareg rebels taking control of northern Mali.

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