The President of Mali has resigned and dissolved the parliament after being seized by military coup plotters. Meanwhile, negotiations are underway for the immediate release of the President and the Prime Minister with a guarantee from the international community that the mutineers will not be prosecuted.
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Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were detained by mutinying soldiers in the capital during an apparent coup attempt.
“Today, certain parts of the military have decided that intervention was necessary. Do I really have a choice? Because I do not wish blood to be shed,” Keita said in a brief statement broadcast on national television.
Keita said that he has decided “to give up my duty from now on.”
Mali's Presidential Villa has been taken over by young protesters following President Keita's arrest by the Army. pic.twitter.com/nh6PXaSQ3c
— جعفرAbuHusna (@jafhusna) August 18, 2020
The development came hours after soldiers took up arms and staged a mutiny at a key base in Kati, a town close to Bamako.
The events came after a weeks-long political crisis where protesters took to the streets demanding the resignation of Keita, accusing him of allowing the country’s economy to collapse and mishandling a worsening security situation.
Meanwhile, negotiations are underway for the immediate release of the President and the Prime Minister with a guarantee from the international community that the mutineers will not be prosecuted.
Negotiations reportedly underway in #Mali for immediate release of the Pres and PM with a guarantee from the international community that the mutineers will not be prosecuted. Still unclear whether #IBK has/will resign as unconstitutional. What happens next? @AJENews for latest
— Folly Bah Thibault (@follybahAJE) August 18, 2020
Although, the crisis is being projected as the result of Mali’s years-long conflict between ideologically-motivated armed groups stoking ethnic tensions while jockeying for power, there is a massive presence of US Special Forces in the entire African continent, the purpose of which is unknown.
Officially, the US isn’t planning a war with any African nation. Hence, when U.S. operatives die in Africa, particularly in Niger, Mali or Somalia, the public, and even the media respond by asking “why are American soldiers there in the first place?”
As GreatGameIndia reported earlier, there are more than 6,000 US Special Forces commandos actively operating in 22 African countries. None among the general public has ever known the purpose for the presence of massive US military in Africa, especially commandos. This has led many experts to question if the US Special Forces are indeed colonizing Africa.
Earlier, Venezuelan intelligence crushed a similar secret plot to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro funded by US billionaires and organised by the former security chief of British billionaire Richard Branson, an ex-Green Beret running the private security firm Silvercorp USA, in Florida.