Embattled Mali President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, in a brief address broadcast on state television hours after troops seized him along with Prime Minister Boubou Cisse and other top officials, have resigned.
Looking tired and wearing a surgical mask, Keita said “If today, certain elements of our armed forces want this to end through their intervention, do I really have a choice?” he said from a military base in Kati outside the capital Bamako where he had been detained earlier in the day.
“I want no blood to be spilled to keep me in power,” he said.
It was not immediately clear who was leading the revolt or who would govern in Keita’s absence.
Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Bamako since June calling for Keita to resign over what they say are his failures to address worsening security and corruption.