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Mali president Keita steps down following military insurrection

Malians cheer as Mali military enter the streets of Bamako

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has stand down following military mutiny that plunged the country into a political crisis.

President Keita made the announcement in a statement on state television on early hours of Wednesday August 19.

In his statement, Keita said he decided to give up his duty to avoid further blood shed in the country.

Al Jazeera report revealed that Keita’s decision came hours after soldiers took up arms and staged a mutiny at a key base in Kati, a town close to Bamako.

Mali experienced a weeks-long of political turmoil with opposition protesters taking to the streets demanding resignation of Keita, accusing him of mismanaging resources and worsening security situation in the country after winning second term in elections in 2018

Other reports indicated that Keita together with the Prime Minister in the country, Boubou Cisse were detained by soldiers led by deputy head of the Kati camp Col Malick Diaw and commander, Gen Sadio Camara
at a military camp near the capital Bamako.

The solders also reportedly detained the president’s son, the speaker of the National Assembly, the foreign and finance ministers and several other government officials.

Countries in West Africa together with former colonial power France, the European Union and the African Union condemned the actions of the soldiers and warned against any unconstitutional change of power.

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), a regional body also said its 15 member states had agreed to close their borders with Mali, suspend all financial flows to the country, and eject Mali from all of Ecowas’ decision-making bodies.

Currently it is unclear whether the country is officially in hands of the military or not and the solders are expected to deliver a statement later during the day

UN Security Council is also expected to hold an emergency meeting this afternoon to discuss the current situation in Mali

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