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Mali President signs resignation letter

04-10-2012 07:57 BJT

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The President of Mali, who was ousted in a coup last month, has delivered his resignation letter to the country's current leaders. The move is part of a deal to return the country to civilian rule.

Amadou Toumani Toure handed the letter to Burkina Faso Foreign Minister and ECOWAS Minister for African Integration. Toure was just months away from finishing his final term in office when soldiers stormed the presidential palace on March 21st, sending him into hiding.

His resignation paves the way for Mali to name a new interim president, the next step in the nation’s return to democratic rule.

Amadou Toumani Toure said, "It’s necessary that Mali continues with the provisions of its constitution from February 1992. As a consequence, I think it’s normal and I do it without any pressure at all and I do it in good faith and most of all for the love I have for this country. I have decided to present you with the letter of my resignation that you should present to the relevant authorities to allow the plan and full exercise of the provision of the constitution."



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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