Mali is one of the most impoverished regions in the Saharan Africa, and Tuesday’s incidents just showed that the situation in the turbulent region just got destabilized just a little bit more.
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita effectively declared his resignation from the nation’s top office. This was after reports coming in from various media outlets told of him and his Prime Minister getting arrested by the militia coup that overturned the regime earlier.
This is after months of anti-government protests ensued, along with Islamist fundamentalists taking more stronghold in the West African nation.
The President said on the official national broadcaster ORTM channel that he had little choice but to stand down to avoid bloodshed.He also effectively announced the national assembly and government as being absolutely dissolved. “For seven years I have with great joy and happiness tried to put this country back on its feet,” Keita said.
“If today some people from the armed forces have decided to end it by their intervention, do I have a choice? I should submit to it because I don’t want any blood to be shed.
The insurgents calling themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of People (CNSP) went on broadcast the next day, promising a political transition, elections within a “reasonable time,” and a national curfew.
Colonel Major Ismael Wague, spokesperson for CNSP, announced the closure of all boundaries, both on land and air “until further notice” with the nation-wide curfew stretching from 9 p.
“Civil society and socio-political movements are invited to join us in order, together, to create the best conditions for a civil political transition leading to credible regional elections for the democratic exercise, through a roadmap that will lay the foundations for a new Mali,” said Wague.
Wague also was quick to point out that the central figures of the military coup was “not keen on power, but we are keen on the stability of the country which will allow us to organize general elections within a reasonable timeframe to allow Mali to equip itself with strong institutions capable of managing as well as possible.
our daily lives and restore trust between governments and governed.”
The United Nations Security Council has been called to address the issue, with several nations concerned about the legitimacy of the coup. The request for a roundtable discussion and international response was issued by France and Niger, according to the diplomatic sources.
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