Mali coup: President quits after soldiers mutiny

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned, after being detained by soldiers on Tuesday.

In a televised address he said he was also dissolving the government and parliament, adding: “I want no blood to be spilled to keep me in power.”

He and PM Boubou Cissé were taken to a military camp near the capital Bamako, drawing international condemnation.

A spokesman for the soldiers called for “a civil political transition leading to credible general elections”.

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