Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned his position as president of the West African nation of Mali following a mutiny by soldiers. At the same time, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita dissolved parliament.
In a brief national broadcast, Keita said: “I want no blood to be spilled to keep me in power.”
President Keita, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, and other top government officials were earlier detained by mutinying soldiers, intensifying a national crisis in a country already grappling with a jihadist insurgency and mass protests.
The action of the mutinying soldiers have been wildly condemned.
Meanwhile, a televised statement was read out early on Wednesday on behalf of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People.
Air force deputy chief of staff Col-Major Ismaël Wagué said: “Civil society and political social movements are invited to join us to create together the best conditions for a civil political transition leading to credible general elections for the exercise of democracy through a roadmap that will lay the foundations for a new Mali.”
He added: “As of today, all air and land borders are closed until further notice. A curfew is in place from 09:00 to 17:00 until further notice.”
Flanked by soldiers, Col Wagué said: “Our country is sinking into chaos, anarchy, and insecurity mostly due to the fault of the people who are in charge of its destiny,”
Mr Keïta won a second term in elections in 2018, but there has been anger over corruption, the mismanagement of the economy, and a dispute over legislative elections. It has prompted several large protests in recent months.