April 8, 2012 / 5:33 PM / in 6 years

Mali's president hands in resignation letter -mediator

BAMAKO, April 8 (Reuters) - Mali’s President Amadou Toumani Toure has handed in his letter of resignation, Burkina Faso’s foreign minister, a leading mediator for West Africa’s ECOWAS bloc, said on Sunday.

The resignation paves the way for the soldiers who ousted Toure in a March 22 coup to stand aside as pledged in a deal last week that calls for the transfer of power to the president of Mali’s National Assembly.

“We have just received the formal letter of resignation from President Amadout Toumani Toure,” Djibril Bassole said. “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.” (Reporting by Bate Felix; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Alessandra Rizzo)

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