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The President of Mali announces his resignation and the dissolution of the government after being arrested by rebel soldiers

August 19, 2020

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has resigned and announced the dissolution of parliament and the government hours after he and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé were kidnapped by a group of rebel soldiers.

“I decided to step down from my position from that moment on. I don’t want blood to be spilled if it means staying in power,” Keita announced in a message broadcast on state television ORTM.

Keita, clearly desperate, has admitted that he was unable to lead the army and lamented the deaths that occurred during the suppression of the demonstrations in July.

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