Mali’s president, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his resignation late Tuesday.
His resignation is coming just hours after armed soldiers seized him from his home in a dramatic power grab.
His arrest followed months of anti-government protests demanding his ouster.
The news of Keita’s departure was met with jubilation by anti-government demonstrators and alarm by former colonial ruler France, and other allies and foreign nations.
Speaking on national broadcaster, a distressed Keita, wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said his resignation was effective immediately.
A banner across the bottom of the television screen referred to him as the outgoing president.
I wish no blood to be shed to keep me in power
I have decided to step down from office.
He also announced that his government and the National Assembly would be dissolved, certain to further the country’s turmoil amid an eight-year Islamic insurgency and the growing coronavirus pandemic.
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