The President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has on Tuesday announced on live state television, his resignation as the head of state of the country after a suspected coup staged by the military.
The long-serving leader was detained together with his Prime Minister Boubou Cisse by soldiers following series of protests against his government; the supposed opposition protesters accused the president of economic mismanagement and failure to appropriately handle the country’s security.
In addressing the people of Mali around Tuesday Midnight, the now-defunct President stated that “For seven years I have with great joy and happiness tried to put this country back on its feet…If today some people from the armed forces have decided to end it by their intervention, do I have a choice? I should submit to it because I don’t want any blood to be shed.”
It is unclear who will take over from him but the mutineers who identified themselves as the National Committee for the Salvation of People (CNSP) later addressed the nation and assured the people of Mali that they will ensure there is a political transition and elections within a “reasonable time.”
The African Union and other international organizations and countries have condemned the unconstitutional change of government which they deem as one that poses threat to the peace and security of the country. Keep a close eye on EYEGAMBIA for updates on the development.