The former president of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, dies | News

The former president of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, died this Sunday at the age of 76 in the city of Bamako (capital) due to a long illness he suffered, his family confirmed to local media.


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Several regional leaders such as the president of Senegal, Macky Sall, and Malian officials such as the foreign minister of this nation, Abdoulaye Diop, offered their condolences at the death of the former president.

Boubacar Keita was Mali’s head of state between 2013 and 2020 until he was overthrown by the military after several demonstrations against his administration.

The former president came to power through democratic elections after a military intervention led by France against Al Qaeda terrorist troops that had taken part in northern Mali.

Keita was re-elected in 2018 to lead the nation for another five years, but from the start of his second term he was heavily criticized for his handling of the Islamist insurgency in various regions of the country.

These protests grew and ended with the arrest and subsequent resignation of Keita, an action carried out by a group of soldiers commanded by the current president of Mali, Colonel Assimi Goita.

It is worth mentioning that since the overthrow of Keita, Mali continues to be involved in a wave of instability and is under the blockade of the Economic Community of West African States due to the military domination exercised by the Government.