President of Mali resigns and dismisses parliament

The mutinying soldiers were cheered by crowds as they reached the capital Bamako on Tuesday. Photo via BBC

Mali, West Africa — The President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta resigns and dismisses the parliament as well.

TV reports say that the president resigned after being detained by soldiers on Tuesday. Mr Keïta then announced on television that he will also be dissolving the government and parliament.

“I want no blood to be spilled to keep me in power,” he added.

The President and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé were taken to a military camp near the capital Bamako, drawing condemnation from regional powers and France.

Mr Keïta said that, “If today, certain elements of our armed forces want this to end through their intervention, do I really have a choice?”