President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali has announced his resignation on National Television.
In a televised address, President Boubacar has as well dissolved of the parliament and the government in its entirety saying he values the lives of the people of Mali and will not like to see bloodshed.
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 on national television.
This comes after there was a mutiny in which he and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé were taken hostage by the military.
The events came amid a weeks-long political crisis that has seen opposition protesters taking to the streets to demand the departure of Keita, accusing him of allowing the country’s economy to collapse and mishandling a worsening security situation.