The ongoing political crisis in Mali has taken a fresh dive Ads
President Ibrahim Keita has resigned from his position amid unrest
Keita’s reported resignation was announced on Wednesday, hours after his arrest by mutinying soldiers
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been forced out of the presidency as he finally tendered his resignation on Wednesday, August 19, amid political unrest in Mali, hours after his arrest.
Legit.ng recalls that the political imbroglio that polarised Mali hit the climax on Tuesday, August 18, as prime minister, Boubou Cisse, and President Keita were arrested by some mutinying soldiers.
The leader of the soldier group informed journalists on Tuesday that Cisse and Keita are with them in Bamako, Mali’s capital.
Later, another military source claimed the president and the prime minister have been taken to a key base in Kati, a town close to Bamako.
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UGC On the early hours of Wednesday, President Keita said he has resigned from his position in order to avoid bloodshed and violence between his loyalists and the opposition.
According to the report in Aljazeera, Keita said that he has decided “to give up my duty from now on.”
“Today, certain parts of the military have decided that intervention was necessary. Do I really have a choice? Because I do not wish blood to be shed,” Keita said on Wednesday morning.
It is now unclear whether the country will be ruled by the military or there will be a fresh election among political parties in the West African nations.
The military is expected to address the country on Wednesday. Meanwhile, European nations have condemned the development that saw the military take over.
The political tension in Mali, prior to the coup-like development, was a point of concern for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).