President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned late Tuesday night, hours after he was arrested by mutinous soldiers following months of massive protests in the country.
The 75-year-old President said he wished to avoid any bloodshed in a resignation speech delivered on state television. Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were arrested Tuesday at Keita’s house in the capital of Bamako.
However, African Union Commission spokesperson says Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the arrests of Keita and Cisse and strongly rejects any attempted unconstitutional change of government in Mali.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for the immediate restoration of constitutional order and the rule of law in Mali. Council members France and Niger have called for a closed-door meeting of the Security Council Wednesday.
No casualties have been reported from Tuesday’s uprising and as of today, soldiers were reported to be moving freely.
Opposition supporters in Mali have held a number of large protests since June, demanding Keita’s resignation. Clashes between security forces and protesters in July killed at least 11 people.