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Mali: President Keita announces resignation following soldiers mutiny03:23

Mali: President Keita announces resignation following soldiers mutiny

Mali, Bamako
August 19, 2020 at 08:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his resignation in a televised address to the nation from a military camp near the capital of Bamako on Wednesday, after being seized by soldiers on Tuesday.

"I will comply, because I wish no blood to be shed to keep me in power" Keita declared.

The president stressed that departure was forced by army "intervention" questioning '"do I have any choice?"

Keita said his resignation will be succeeded by the dissolution of the National Assembly and the government.

Tuesday's mutiny by soldiers and subsequent arrests have been condemned by the international organisations, from regional bodies such as African Union and The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to the United Nations, with the Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday. Keita's resignation comes after months of public discontent and demonstrations calling on him to step down.

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Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his resignation in a televised address to the nation from a military camp near the capital of Bamako on Wednesday, after being seized by soldiers on Tuesday.

"I will comply, because I wish no blood to be shed to keep me in power" Keita declared.

The president stressed that departure was forced by army "intervention" questioning '"do I have any choice?"

Keita said his resignation will be succeeded by the dissolution of the National Assembly and the government.

Tuesday's mutiny by soldiers and subsequent arrests have been condemned by the international organisations, from regional bodies such as African Union and The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to the United Nations, with the Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday. Keita's resignation comes after months of public discontent and demonstrations calling on him to step down.

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