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Mali’s President Resigns After Arrest By Soldiers

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.

Keita said:

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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