Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

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Mali's president is detained and resigns
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta Credit: Photo Claude TRUONG-NGOC (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned the presidency of Mali after being detained by soldiers. Keïta addressed the nation and stated he was also dissolving the government and the parliament.

The resignation came hours after Keïta and the former Prime Minister Boubou Cissé were taken to a military camp.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairman of the African Union, condemned news of the arrests, in a tweet: "I strongly condemn the arrest of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Prime Minister and other members of the Malian Government and call for their immediate release."

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The President of the Malian Republic, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on December 10, 2013
The President of the Malian Republic, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on December 10, 2013 Credit: Claude Truong-Ngoc / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

For weeks, protests in Mali have been calling for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. During these protests, around 20 opposition leaders and political opponents of Keita were arrested. On Monday, they were released in what seemed to be an attempt by Keita to calm tensions in the country.