Mali’s president resigns and dissolves parliament

Written By: BBC

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta won a second term in 2018

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned, after being detained by soldiers on Tuesday, state TV reports.

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

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“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, drawing condemnation from regional powers and France.

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

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There has been anger among troops about pay and over a continuing conflict with jihadists – as well as widespread discontent with President Keïta, which has led to a series of protests in recent months.

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