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Malian President, Ibrahim Keita, on Wednesday, stated he was resigning to keep away from “bloodshed”, hours after his arrest by soldiers in an abrupt coup that followed a months-long political problem within the fragile West African nation. AFP reports.
Rebel troopers put behind bars the president and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Tuesday afternoon and drove both to an army base within the city of Kati, close to the capital Bamako, which they had taken hold of that morning.
Delighted crowds within the metropolis centre, amassed to request Keita’s surrender, had praised the rebels as they made their approach to the 75-year-old’s official residence.
Keita seemed quiet as he appeared in a state tv broadcast after midnight to announce the negation of the federal government and national assembly, and stated he had no option but to resign with immediate effect.
“If it pleased certain elements of our military to decide this should end with their intervention, do I really have a choice?” he stated of the day’s events.
“(I must) submit to it, because I don’t want any bloodshed.”
It was unclear whether or not Keita was nonetheless in custody at the Kati base, which in a coincidence was additionally the location of the 2012 putsch that brought him to power.
Neighbouring states, France and the European Union all advised towards any unconstitutional transfer of power because the coup played out on Tuesday.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged for the “immediate and unconditional release” of Keita and Cisse as diplomats in New York said the Security Council would hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday.
The Economic Community for the West African States (ECOWAS) decried the coup in an announcement, promising to close land and air borders to Mali and push for sanctions in opposition to “all the putschists and their partners and collaborators”.
The 15-nation bloc — which incorporates Mali — additionally stated that it will suspend the nation from its internal decision-making bodies.
As the day evolved, the United States and France published separate statements expressing deep concern in regards to the turn of events and prompted against regime change.
French President Emmanuel Macron had additionally discussed the crisis along with his counterparts in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Senegal and expressed his “full support for the ongoing mediation efforts of West African states”.
His office had added that he “condemned” the mutiny.
The US envoy to the region J. Peter Pham wedded to the warnings for restraint and sounded its disagreement with any “extraconstitutional” change.