Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a former Mali president, who led the West African country from 2013 until he was ousted in a coup in 2020, has died at the age of 76 in the capital Bamako.
According to a family member and several others, the “President IBK died this morning at 0900 GMT in his home” in Bamako.
Although, the cause of Keita’s death was not given.
But it would be recalled that Keita suffered a mini-stroke in 2020 and was sent to the United Arab Emirates for treatment.
This was coming after Keita was forced out of office on August 18, 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.
Keita was two years into his second five-year term when he was deposed by the military.
In the weeks before the coup, he had been struggling with protests fuelled by his handling of a jihadist insurgency and failure to turn around Mali’s floundering economy.
Under pressure from the West African bloc ECOWAS, the junta who emerged from the rebellion released Keita on August 27 and returned him to his residence in Bamako, under surveillance.
The ruling junta would stage another coup in May 2021.
ECOWAS this month agreed to sanction Mali after the junta proposed it would stay in power for up to five years before staging elections despite international demands that it respect a promise to hold the vote in February.
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