The President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, announced his resignation after he and the country’s Prime Minister were reportedly arrested in a suspected coup.
The upheaval, reportedly led by mutinous military leaders, follows months of anti-government mass protests and a rising insurgency from Islamist militants.
Now, the West African nation is likely to face even more instability.
Keita announced he has no choice but to step down, and the country’s national assembly and government would now be dissolved.
The military leaders of the coup promised the public a reasonable political transition and new elections. But for the near future, they have closed all land and sea borders and instituted a nationwide curfew.