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Mali: President Resigns after ‘Arrest’ by Mutineering Soldiers
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Posted on August 19, 2020, 11:59 am
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President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned Yesterday August 18th, 2020 shortly after his arrest according to the Malian State Media. His arrest by mutinous soldiers followed months of political turmoil in the West African nation. 

Malian President resigns

President Keita appeared on state television to announce he was stepping down in order to avoid any bloodshed. According to the President, he didn’t want blood to be spilled in order to be maintained in power.

For the 75-year-old Malian leader, if “certain elements” of the military wanted to end his reign with their intervention, then he has no choice. Meanwhile, Keita also announced that his government and the National Assembly would be dissolved.  

Keita’s resignation speech comes a day after soldiers seized weapons from an army base in Kati and advanced on the capital of Bamako. 

soldiers arrest Malian President

Following some media reports, the soldiers “went on the rampage, got to the arsenals, got the guns, started shooting in the air, went out and cut off access to the camp,”  while scores of anti-government protesters gathered to cheer the soldiers on as they made their way to Keita’s house for his arrest.   

He was arrested alongside his Prime Minister Boubou Cisse at Keita’s house and driven to Kati.

It should be noted that Kati is the same camp where the 2012 coup that overthrew President Amadou Toumani Toure began.

Meantime, no casualties have been reported since Tuesday’s uprising but Mali has been into months of protests led by the main opposition party June 5 Movement. 

malian soldiers

However, violent clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces last month left at least 14 protestors dead and another 154 injured. 

After the arrest, an  African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the arrests of  Keita and Cisse and strongly rejected any attempted unconstitutional change of government in Mali.     

Meanwhile, United Nation’s Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres equally called for the immediate restoration of constitutional order and the rule of law in Mali.

Soldiers arrest president in Mali

Despite resignation, Council members of France and Niger have called for a closed-door meeting of the Security Council this Wednesday August 19, 2020.   

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