The President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned.

According to state TV reports, Keita was detained by soldiers on Tuesday, BBC reports.

Apart from his resignation, Mr Keïta revealed in a televised address, that he was also dissolving the government and parliament.

Speaking further on the reason for his action, he said, “I want no blood to be spilled to keep me in power,”

It comes hours after he and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé were taken to a military camp near the capital Bamako, drawing condemnation from regional powers and France.

In his words: “If today, certain elements of our armed forces want this to end through their intervention, do I really have a choice?”

“I hold no hatred towards anyone, my love of my country does not allow me to,” he added. “May God save us.”