Military coup in Mali: President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita detained, National Assembly dissolved, several cabinet members, including the president’s son, detained.
According to state media in the West African country of Mali, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has resigned following a military coup. In a speech broadcast on local TV, he said he had dissolved the government and parliament at the same time.
“I do not want a single drop of blood to be shed to keep me in power,” he said.
Just hours before the announcement, the country’s president and prime minister, Boubo Sisے, were detained by rebel forces and transferred to a military base.
The move has been strongly condemned by France and other countries in the region.
President Bobkar Keita said: “If some elements of our military want to intervene and end this issue today, what other option do I have?”
Earlier, rebels seized the Kati military base, just 15 kilometers from the capital, Bamako.
The people of Mali were unhappy with the president, but because of the problems facing the army, such as low salaries and dangerous operations against jihadist groups in the northern and central parts of the country, the army also turned against them.
Keita was re-elected president after winning the 2018 elections, but public anger against the former president was on the rise due to corruption at the government level, economic exploitation of the country and riots in some areas. This has led to large-scale demonstrations in many parts of the country in the past few months. The president also offered to share power with the opposition, but Imam Mahmoud Deko, a member of the right-wing opposition party, recently turned down the president’s offer. Called for large-scale reforms.
What do we know about the military coup?
It was led by Col. Malik Dia, the deputy commander of the Kati military camp, and another commander, General Sadio Kumara.
According to BBC Africa, the rebels advanced on the capital, Bamako, after capturing the Kati camp. Hundreds of locals had already gathered to protest against the president. He greeted the rebel soldiers with slogans and applause. Troops stormed the former president’s residence on Tuesday afternoon and detained both the president and the prime minister.
According to reports, the Speaker of the National Assembly of Mali, the Foreign Minister and the Finance Minister, including the President’s son, have also been detained. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Earlier in 2012, soldiers stationed at the Kati camp revolted against senior officers after being defeated by jihadists and militants.
President, Prime Minister’s Detention: What is the World Saying?
The United Nations and the African Union have demanded the release of all detainees following reports of a military coup in Mali.
Fifteen members of the Economic Community of West African States, an economic organization of countries in the region, have also announced the closure of their borders with Mali and the suspension of Mali’s membership.
The same organization was trying to mediate between the president and his opponents.
The UN Security Council will also consider the matter on Wednesday.