World Mali: Former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta died

17:05  16 january  2022
17:05  16 january  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Cimeira do G5 Sahel em Nouakchott, na Mauritânia. 30 de Junho de 2020. © AFP - Ludovic Marin Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Cimeira do G5 Sahel em Nouakchott, Na Mauritania. 30 from Junho from 2020.

Ex-President Malien Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who led Mali between 2013 and 2020, died this Sunday, January 16 at his home in Bamako, according to his family. Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, elected President of Mali in September 2013, had been overthrown by soldiers in August 2020.

with our correspondent in Bamako, Serge Daniel

It was 9h this morning, explained a member of the family of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, when we found the death of the president, the one named IBK commonly. Around 13:30, there were not many people near his home, but people go there to present their condolences. His former collaborators, including his Cabinet Director, also confirmed his death.

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We know he was sick recently, after the coup of August 18, 2020. He was heal several times in Abu Dhabi in an American hospital. Someone who saw him recently said this, only a few days ago: "The president is being dying". He had no appetite. He could no longer read, you know he was a great lover of books and writers.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had been prime minister from 1994 to 2000 under the presidency of Oumar Konaré. He then fails in the 2002 presidential election. But he finally elected and accessed the Koulouba Palace, the headquarters of the Malian Presidency in Bamako, in 2013. It will be re-elected in 2018 against Soumaïla Cissé, then the leader of the Opposition and deceased in December 2020 of COVID-19.

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