Military Force President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita To Step Down

Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has resigned and dissolve Parliament after being taken to a Military Camp near the capital of Bamako along side his Prime Minister, Boubou Cisse.

“I want no blood to be spilled to keep me in power”, those are the words of ousted Malian President, Boubacar Keita in his resignation speech. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was forced to resign and dissolve parliament, after the President and his Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were taken in hostage in Kati Military Base, some 15 Kilometers from Bamako, Mali.

FILE PHOTO: Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita poses for a picture during the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania June 30, 2020. Ludovic Marin /Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Witnesses say soldiers surrounded the President’s private residence in Mali and fired shots into the air, before being driven to the Army Base controlled by the army. Reports also say that, what started off as a mutiny stretched to a Coup d’Etat.

Several arrest have been made by the Coup ochestrators, notably: senior government officials, Finance Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister, the Senior top brass of the military.
If this is the case, then it is nothing short than a “Coup d’Etat”.

Mali’s President have been criticized for alleged corruption and mismanagement leading to lots of discontentment.

International Community Condemns The Coup And Implement Immediate Sanctions

Governments around the world have emphatically condemned the Coup, stating that it is unconstitutional and fear the worst for Mali.

ECOWAS has pronounced international sanctions on Mali for staging the Coup d’Etat. Sanctions such as closures of all the land, air border, Economic, Commercial, Financial flows, and transaction between ECOWAS member states and Mali are now closed. ECOWAS has called on all other international organizations to do the same.

Immediate implementation of the sanctions with a set of penalties by ECOWAS Commission Organs on all perpetrators, partners and collaborators is now effective;

European Union Foreign Affairs Chief have condemned the act;

African Union forcefully condemned military arrest of President Keita, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, and other government officials;

United Nation’s Chief Antonio Guterres has called for an immediate release of Mali’s President and Prime Minister;

UN Security Council called an emergency meeting today August 19, 2020, to discuss the situation in Mali;

France, the United States Of America, Senegal, and other powers have strongly condemned the coup and advocate mediation.

However, it is alleged that some top colones are behind the Coup, but that the serious economic crisis in Mali complicated by the COVID-19 health crisis, security crisis, are some of the reasons for the discontent and grievances from the military and part of the population.

However, the soldiers have pledged to hold elections and put a transitional government in place.

It should be recalled that President Keita, came to power in 2013 after the army seized power in 2012 and organized elections in 2013 in which Keita
won and became president of Mali.

In 2018, he won the elections, but the ongoing unrest in the North Region Of Mali and inability to tackle the groups, led the Malian troops to take over the country with no set plan put in place for the country, thereby creating a power vacuum in Mali.

Caroline Okie-Anoma.

Elvis Teke

Journalist, Online Reporter, News Presenter, Programme Anchor, Peace Advocate, Geo-strategist,

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