Mali’s President Ibrahim Keïta Resigns After Military Coup, Dissolves Parliament

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According to AFP, Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, has resigned his position in order to avoid “bloodshed” hours after his arrest by mutiny troops following  a long political crisis in the embattled West African nation.

On Tuesday many international media reported that the President and Prime Minister, Boubou Cise, were detained and drove to a military base in the town of Katie, near the capital Bamako by soldiers.

Ibrahim appeared untroubled as he appeared in a state television broadcast after midnight to declare the dissolution of the government and National Assembly, and stated that he had no choice but to resign with immediate effect.

France and the European Union all warned against any unconstitutional transfer of power as the coup played out on Tuesday.

The Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) also condemned the coup in a statement, pledging to close land and air borders to Mali and push for sanctions against “all the putschists and their partners and collaborators”.

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