Troops Force Malian President to Resign

Mali president resigned after troops reportedly arrested him

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced he is resigning immediately, according to a statement aired on national broadcaster ORTM.

The president said he had little choice to avoid any bloodshed, and the country’s national assembly and government would now be dissolved.

Troops arrested the president and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse in a suspected coup earlier Tuesday, according to the chairman of the African Union. Moussa Faki Mahamat condemned news of the arrests, in a tweet posted Tuesday

“I strongly condemn the arrest of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Prime Minister and other members of the Malian Government and call for their immediate release,” Mahamat wrote.

He added that he called on “the mutineers to cease all use of violence,” and asked the international community to oppose any use of force.The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the situation on Wednesday, two UN diplomat sources told CNN on Tuesday.

The UN talks were requested by France and Niger, according to the diplomatic sources. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity, as they were not authorized to speak on the subject.

Earlier on Tuesday, Malian Prime Minister Cisse had posted a plea to troops on Facebook, asking the military to put down its arms and engage in dialogue.


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