Mali President resigns and dissolves parliament after military mutiny

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Published: August 19,2020 08:09 AM
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August 19, 2020: Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned, after being detained by soldiers on Tuesday.

August 19, 2020: Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned, after being detained by soldiers on Tuesday. Keita announced his resignation with immediate effect in the early hours of Wednesday morning, a day after rebel soldiers launched a coup.



In an address on state television, the 75-year-old also said that both the government and Mali's national assembly would be dissolved.





"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 in a brief statement broadcast.





Tensions have run high in the West African nation since tens of thousands of people started gathering weeks ago to demand that Keita, who’s known as IBK, resign. While the protests started over discontent with his refusal to raise wages for teachers and doctors, they later widened to include criticism over alleged corruption and nepotism within the administration.



It is unclear if the military is now officially in charge of the country.