Just In: 75 Year-Old Mali’s President, Keïta Resigns, Dissolves Parliament

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

In a televised address, Mr Keïta said he was also dissolving the government and parliament.

“I want no blood to be spilled to keep me in power,” he added.

It comes hours after he and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé were taken to a military camp near the capital Bamako.

“If today, certain elements of our armed forces want this to end through their intervention, do I really have a choice?” said Keïta.

Earlier, the mutinying soldiers took control of the Kati camp.

Malians cheering soldiers who removed Keïta

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

Mr Keïta won a second term in elections in 2018, but there has been anger over corruption, the mismanagement of the economy and the rise of communal violence in areas of the country.

It has prompted several large protests in recent months. A new opposition coalition led by the conservative Imam, Mahmoud Dicko, has called for reforms after rejecting concessions from Mr 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.

Keïta was a founding father of the centre-left political party Rally for Mali in 2001.

After a few unsuccessful attempts he was elected President in the 2013 Presidential election and reelected in 2018.

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