After the resignation on Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, soldiers say they are planning to set up a civilian transitional government and hold new elections.

The soldiers were the ones who ousted Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta BBC reports.

According to the spokesman for the soldiers, ‘’they acted to prevent the country falling further into chaos.’’

So far on the new development, President Keïta said his resignation on Tuesday night was to avoid “blood to be spilled to keep me in power.”

On the reaction of the African Union, regional leaders, and the UN so far, they have condemned the coup.

Going memory lane in the history of Mali, the country has experienced several military takeovers, and also known to be among the poorest countries in the world.

The country which stretches into the Sahara Desert is currently battling to contain a wave of jihadist attacks and ethnic violence.

Meanwhile, the soldiers, calling themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, said they did not want to stay in power.

The group’s spokesman, Col Ismaël Wagué, the air force deputy chief of staff said,

“We are keen on the stability of the country, which will allow us to organise general elections to allow Mali to equip itself with strong institutions within the reasonable time limit.”