Malian president resigns and dissolves cabinet

Malian president resigns and dissolves cabinet


President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned from his post.

Keïta’s resignation was announced in a televised speech on Wednesday.

He said he did not want blood to be shed for him to stay in power, adding that he was also dissolving his cabinet.

“I want no blood to be shed to keep me in power,” the quoted BBC said.

Keita’s resignation comes hours after he and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé were arrested and detained by the military.

On Tuesday, rebel soldiers arrested senior government and military officers in the town of Kati and elsewhere.

During the arrest, thousands of citizens applauded the eviction.

Crowds were also jubilant in Independence Square in Bamako, Mali and elsewhere.

For more than three months, protests calling for Keita’s resignation took place.

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