Mali ex-president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita dies aged 76

Mali’s former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who led the West African country from 2013 until he was ousted in a coup in 2020, died at the age of 76 in Bamako Sunday, his family said. “President IBK died this morning at 0900 GMT in his home” in Bamako, a family member told French news agency AFP using the ex-leader’s initials, with several other family members confirming his passing.

The cause of Keita’s death was not given.

Keita was two years into his second five-year term when in 2020 he faced widespread street protests against his government and was toppled by the military which is now under regional sanctions for failing to restore civilian rule.

Keita was forced out of office on the 18th of August 2020 by young military officers who staged an uprising at a base near Bamako before heading into the city, where they seized Keita and other leaders.

He suffered a mini-stroke the following month, and was sent to United Arab Emirates for treatment.



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