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2 Presidents; Coup d’etat victims, Same Medical coincidental fate

2 Presidents; Coup d'etat victims, Same Medical coincidental fate 1
  1. Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was ousted by the military in 2020 after a turbulent seven-year rule, died, officials said on Sunday. He was 76.

Known by his initials IBK, Keita ran the West African country from September 2013 until August 2020, during which Islamist insurgents overran large areas and ethnic violence flared.

Disputed legislative elections, rumours of corruption and low economic growth also fuelled public anger and drew tens of thousands onto the streets of the capital Bamako in 2020 to demand his resignation.

He was eventually forced out by a military coup, whose leaders remain in charge despite strong international objections.

The interim government issued a statement on Sunday that read: “The government of Mali and the Malian people salute the memory of the illustrious deceased.”

Leaders from the region including Senegalese President Macky Sall and Burkina Faso’s president, Roch Kabore, sent condolences.

The cause of death was not immediately clear. A former adviser said Keita, who frequently travelled abroad for medical attention, had died at home in Bamako.

2. Former Guinean President Alpha Conde, ousted in a coup in September, boarded a plane on Monday to go abroad for a medical check-up, two sources said, without revealing his destination.

Last month, the ruling junta said the ex-president would be allowed to travel on medical grounds but could not remain abroad for more than a month.

Source: Reuters

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