The president just resigned and the nation is in shock. Millions of people can’t believe this happened, but the change is coming fast. There is no telling what the world will look like going forward.
“Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned Tuesday after being held prisoner for a few hours, along with Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, by a force of mutinous soldiers,” reported Breitbart News.
Keita, who took office in 2013, pledged to end “the days of mutinies, coups, and juntas” and “was supported by Western governments, most notably France” for regional stability reasons.
The irony for Keita is that he was forced to resign following a mutiny and amidst of ongoing socio-political unrest with factions vying for influence — and Keita was caught in the middle of it.
Over the past year, for example, accusations that “French troops stationed in Mali were engaging in ‘rowdy behavior’ and indulging in ‘excesses’ in the red-light districts” were persistent.
Keita also has opposition from both sides. Muslim cleric Mahmoud Dicko has claimed that the president allowed “too much Western influence on Malian culture,” while secular adversaries are unhappy with his handling of the economy.
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