Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has resigned, after being detained by soldiers on Tuesday.
In a televised address he said he was also dissolving the government and parliament, adding: “I want no blood to be spilled to keep me in power.”
He and Prime Minister, Boubou Cissé were taken to a military camp near the capital Bamako, drawing international condemnation.
A spokesman for the soldiers called for “a civil political transition leading to credible general elections”.
Mr Keïta won a second term in elections in 2018, but there has been anger over corruption in the nation.
The mismanagement of the economy and a dispute over legislative elections have strained nerves in Mali.
It has prompted several large protests in recent months and there
has also been anger among troops about pay and over a continuing conflict with jihadists.