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Coup: Overthrown President Of Mali, Ibrahim Keita, Throws In The Towel

 


  • Says I Don't Want Bloodshed 


“(I must) submit to it, because I don’t want any bloodshed.”


This was the position of the sacked Malian president, Ibrahim Keita, in a state television broadcast after midnight to declare the dissolution of the government and national assembly, and said he had no choice but to resign with immediate effect.


Ibrahim's decision came on Wednesday, hours after his arrest by troops in a sudden coup that followed a months-long political crisis in the fragile West African nation.


It would be recalled that rebel soldiers had detained the president and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Tuesday afternoon and drove the pair to a military base in the town of Kati, near the capital Bamako, which they had seized that morning.


However, Jubilant crowds in the city centre, which had gathered to demand Keita’s resignation, had cheered the rebels as they made their way to the 75-year-old’s official residence.


According to Ibrahim Keita, "If it pleased certain elements of our military to decide this should end with their intervention, do I really have a choice?”


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