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Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keite, on Wednesday announced his resignation as the President of the West African country, says he took such decision to avoid “bloodshed”, some after he was arrested by some members of the Malian military troops.

Recall that some members of the military, which they tagged “Rebel soldiers” were reported to have detained the Malian President, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and the Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Tuesday afternoon.

Malian rebel soldiers

Local news stations also reported that the two top government officials were driven to a military base in the town of Kati, near the capital Bamako, which they had seized that morning.

The Rebel soldiers had the support of some Mailian citizens as some of the citizens were seen jubilating and singing praises of the Rebel soldiers as they were entering into the Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s house.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita disclosed in a state television broadcast, midnight, that he was dissolving the government and national assembly, as he did not have any choice than to also resign as the president of the country.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said: “If it pleased certain elements of our military to decide this should end with their intervention, do I really have a choice?” he said of the day’s events.
“(I must) submit to it, because I don’t want any bloodshed.”

Malian President, Keita

The resignation became effective immediately it was announced, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita came to power in 2013 after winning the majority votes in that year’s presidential election.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had previously served as the Prime Minister of the West African country from 1994 to 2000.


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