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Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his immediate resignation on state television late Tuesday, hours after he and the Prime Minister were arrested by mutinous soldiers in a coup.

Tuesday's events sparked international condemnation and are likely to further destabilize the West African nation, following months of anti-government mass protests and a rising insurgency from Islamist militants.

Wearing a blue surgical mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, the President said on national broadcaster ORTM that he had little choice but to stand down to avoid bloodshed, and that the country's national assembly and government would now be dissolved.

"For seven years I have with great joy and happiness tried to put this country back on its feet," Keita said. "If today some people from the armed forces have decided to end it by their intervention, do I have a choice? I should submit to it because I don't want any blood to be shed."

On Wednesday, Colonel Assimi Goita declared himself the leader of the military figures behind the coup -- a group who identify themselves as the National Committee for the Salvation of People (CNSP).

"Mali is in a situation of socio-political and security crisis, we no longer have the right to make mistakes," Goita said in an on camera statement. "Yesterday we placed Mali above, Mali first."

Earlier on Wednesday, CNSP colonels addressed the nation, promising a political transition, elections within a "reasonable time," and a national curfew.

Colonel Major Ismael Wague, a spokesperson for CNSP, announced that as of Wednesday, all air and land borders would be closed "until further notice" and a national curfew would be imposed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time.

"Civil society and socio-political movements are invited to join us in order, together, to create the best conditions for a civil political transition leading to credible regional elections for the democratic exercise, through a roadmap that will lay the foundations for a new Mali," said Wague.

The military leader listed multiple grievances with Keita's leadership, including allegations of corruption and the failure to deal with the long-running extremist insurgency.

Credit:CNN

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