Detained Malian president Keita announces resignation

Source: Xinhua| 2020-08-19 09:23:02|Editor: huaxia

BAMAKO, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, currently detained by mutinous Malian soldiers in a military camp, announced late Tuesday his resignation and the dissolution of the National Assembly and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse's government.

"I have decided to quit my functions, all my functions from this moment ... I declare the dissolution of the National Assembly and the government," Keita said in a brief declaration broadcast by national television ORTM.

"I wish no blood to be shed to keep me in power," he added.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations condemned Tuesday afternoon the arrest of Keita by mutinous soldiers and demanded restoration of the constitutional order. Enditem