Mali's President Toure resigns in deal with coup leaders
Published: 8th Apr 2012 19:44:48
President Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali has formally resigned as part of a deal with coup leaders to end the crisis gripping the West African state.
International mediator Djibrill Bassole, Burkina Faso's foreign minister, confirmed a letter of resignation had been submitted.
The resignation paves the way for the coup leaders to step aside and the parliamentary speaker to take over.
Mali has been grappling with a separatist uprising in the north.
It intensified after the coup by army officers on 22 March.
Mr Bassole, who represents the West African regional bloc Ecowas, met Mr Toure in the Malian capital, Bamako.
"We have just received the formal letter of resignation from President Amadou Toumani Toure," he told reporters.
"We will now contact the competent authorities so that the vacancy of the presidency would be established and so that they take the appropriate measures."
What happens next?
Under the agreement, the Malian parliamentary speaker, Dioncounda Traore, will take over as interim president and govern with a transitional administration until elections are held.
Once he has been sworn in, Mr Traore has 40 days to organise this poll, the deal states.
Ecowas has lifted sanctions it imposed after the coup and an amnesty has been agreed for the coup leaders.
The coup, led by Capt Amadou Sanogo, took place amid concerns in the army that the government was not doing enough to supress the insurrection in the north.
Since the coup, key towns in northern Mali have fallen to Tuareg separatist rebels and their Islamist allies.
The Tuaregs have called for their newly-named territory of Azawad to be recognised as independent, although this notion has been dismissed by the international community.
There are two main groups behind the rebellion, namely the secular National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and Ansar Dine, an Islamist group.
The latter has started to impose Sharia law in some towns.
The MNLA is made up partly of Tuaregs who had fought in Libya on the side of Col Muammar Gaddafi and returned to Mali after he was killed.
Human rights group Amnesty International has warned of a major humanitarian disaster in the wake of the rebellion.
Meanwhile, Ecowas is preparing a force of up to 3,000 soldiers which could be deployed to stop the rebel advance.
The Tuaregs, who inhabit the Sahara Desert in the north of Mali, as well as several neighbouring countries, have fought several rebellions over the years.
They complain they have been ignored by the authorities in Bamako.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Mali's President Toure resigns in deal with coup leaders. [Online] (Updated 08 Apr 2012)
Available at: http://www.manchesterwired.co.uk/news.php/1421263-Malis-President-Toure-resigns-in-deal-with-coup-leaders [Accessed 16th May 2013]
At 19:49:09 in OtherThree hundred new jobs are being created at a Greater Manchester manufacturing firm. ...
At 13:29:23 in OtherThe £3,000 Orwell Book Prize for political writing has been won by AT Williams for his book A Very British Killing: The Death of Baha Mousa....
At 13:25:39 in OtherA £70m biomass incinerator will be built in Greater Manchester despite residents' health fears....
At 13:25:11 in OtherMore than 230 coal jobs have been saved after an energy and waste services group bought parts of collapsed surface mining firm Aardvark (TMC...
At 11:30:09 in OtherA 14-year-old youth has been arrested in Bradford on suspicion of raping a six year-old boy....
At 07:54:41 in OtherA woman who was washed downstream after falling into a river in Greater Manchester has been rescued by the emergency services....
At 07:24:40 in OtherTwelve people have been arrested after raids in Greater Manchester by officers investigating a £3.8m internet-based drugs ring....
At 06:40:10 in OtherTo many, the picture postcard city of Oxford is all about its universities, ancient cobbled streets and dreaming spires....
At 04:26:13 in OtherTougher laws to tackle the threat of dangerous dogs and irresponsible owners do not go far enough, MPs have said....
At 04:01:17 in OtherTV classic Rising Damp is the latest sitcom to be resurrected on stage, following the likes of Yes, Prime Minister and Steptoe & Son....
News In Other Categories
Three hundred new jobs are being created at a Greater Manchester manufacturing firm. ...
It all started out as a friendly chat over a pint and ended with a hundreds of millions of pounds cash injection for Northern Ireland. ...
A doctor who worked for the private company which assesses people for disability benefits says its methods are "unfair"....
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol ba...
Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande has scooped two prizes at this year's Ivor Novello songwriting awards....
Three Indian cricketers have been taken in for questioning by police over charges of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) tourname...