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JUST IN: MALIAN PRESIDENT RESIGNS

MALIAN PRESIDENT

Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has resigned after the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS said it closing its member states’ borders his country.

This comes after rebelling soldiers detained President Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Tuesday afternoon following weeks of political tension in the country.

President Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were both detained on Tuesday in a nation that has been experiencing mass protests against alleged corruption and worsening security.

Meanwhile, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS in a statement said it is suspending Mali from its internal decision-making bodies.

The bloc added that its members would close land and air borders with Mali and pledged to demand sanctions against “all the putschists and their partners and collaborators”.

According to ECOWAS, all financial flows between its 14 other member states and Mali are also being suspended.