Mali President Officially Resigns

Pankaj Nangia / AP Photo

In this Jan. 11, 2012 file photo, Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure inspects an honor guard during a ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India. From one of the hiding places where he has been holed up since a March 21 coup, Mali's president penned a resignation letter Sunday, April 8, 2012, and in the presence of reporters on handed it to an emissary to deliver to the country's new leaders.(AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia, File)

Mali’s president has officially resigned after being ousted in a coup last month. “I think that my duty, as it was 22 years ago, is to help Mali,” President Amadou Toumani Toure said in a statement Sunday. “I therefore believe that it is very normal, and I do it without pressure and in good faith. In particular, out of love for my country, I have decided to hand in my letter of resignation, which I will hand in to the relevant authorities to allow the smooth transition.” Dioncounda Traore, the president of the National Assembly, will succeed him as the interim president of Mali.