Just In:Mali President, Keïta Resigns, Dissolves Parliament

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned, after being detained inside armoured tank by soldiers on Tuesday.

 Keïta had via an address on the television  said he was prepared to dissolve the government, as well as the parliament.

This report came hours after Keita and the Prime Minister Boubou Cissé were taken to a military camp near the capital Bamako, where they were reported to have been detained.

The embattled leader  said, “I want no blood to be spilled to keep me in power. If today, certain elements of our armed forces want this to end through their intervention, do I really have a choice?”

Earlier, the mutinying soldiers took control of the Kati camp, amidst cheers by Malians, hailing the soldiers who removed Keïta

There had been anger among troops about pay, and over a continuing conflict with jihadists – as well as widespread discontent with the former president.

Keïta won a second term in elections in 2018, but there had been anger over corruption, mismanagement of the economy and rise of communal violence in some areas of the country, that  had prompted large protests in recent months. 

Amidst  the conflict, a new opposition coalition led by the conservative Imam, Mahmoud Dicko, had called for reforms after rejecting concessions from Keïta, including the formation of a unity government.

Keïta was born January 29,1945. He served as President of Mali from 2013 to 2020. He had earlier served as Prime Minister of Mali from 1994 to 2000 and as President of the National Assembly of Mali from 2002 to 2007.

The former  leader was a founding father of the centre-left political party Rally for Mali (RPM) in 2001. After a few unsuccessful attempts he was elected president in the 2013 presidential election and reelected in 2018.