Malian President Keita resigns after military intervention
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned from his post and dissolved parliament on Wednesday after he was detained by mutinous soldiers in a crisis that escalated following weeks of protests against his government.
“If elements of the army felt compelled to intervene to bring an end to this, I have no choice but to comply,” Keita, 75, said early Wednesday in an address broadcast on state television. “I don’t want a single drop of blood to be shed.”
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.
On Tuesday, rebellious soldiers took Keita to military barracks on the outskirts of the capital, Bamako, said people familiar with the matter who declined to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. Prime Minister Boubou Cisse was also arrested, one of the people said.