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World A Bamako, national funerals for the former president "IBK"

06:10  22 january  2022
06:10  22 january  2022 Source:   lemonde.fr

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Friday 21 January, the funeral of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta were organized by the civil-military power which caused his fall, in August 2020.

Des militaires portent le cercueil de l’ancien président malien Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, lors de ses funérailles nationales, à Bamako, le 21 janvier 2022. © Provided By the world of the soldiers wear the coffin of the former President Malian Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, at his national funeral, in Bamako, on January 21, 2022.

The ceremony was in itself a symbol, the condensed events that upset the Mali these last eighteen months. On Friday, January 21, hundreds of military, in a row along the 34th BaMako Military Battalion Battalion, watched, motionless, the remains of the former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK), covered, covered of the national flag and scope by six men in a parade uniform.

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At the end of the black carpet where the body is deposited, Choguel Maïga, the current Prime Minister of the transition, presides over the ceremony, without saying a word. In the spring of 2020, he was one of the instigators of the great popular manifestations demanding the departure of IBK and who will eventually lead to his fall during the military coup of August 18. He still chosen to lead the government set up in the aftermath of the second putsch of May 2021.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, the president who promised to refound the Mali

dead on January 16 of the suites of a long illness, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta , who headed the Mali from 2013 to 2020, was thus made the last tributes by the same who forced him to leave the power.

Collecting and consensus

But this national mourning friday, it was a clear table of the political battles of the past. The time is at the recollection and consensus displayed to say goodbye to "This great baobab that has just tunred", "pragmatic democrat", "republican in the soul" and "lovers of culture" to the "legendary generosity" Who used to say that he had the Mali "slaveled to the body".

Malians have shown in Bamako and the other major cities of the country

 Malians have shown in Bamako and the other major cities of the country © RFI / Kaourou Magassa demonstration in Bamako, Friday 14 January 2022. A monster crowd in the streets of Bamako and gatherings also in others Large cities of the country, this Friday, January 14, 2022 in Mali. The Malians responded massively to the call of the authorities of the transition which, in a statement read last Sunday on national television, launched a call for mobilization to say no to the sanctions of the CEDAO.


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"He had no bitterness and did not want anyone," took up, at the desk, Boubacar Keïta , his third son, briefly tracing the last few weeks of this president who, since his forced withdrawal of political life, "almost begged his interlocutors to help those who have the heavy burden of Mali today."

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to his Trombos, IBK had, according to his entourage, forgiven their gesture. Filling from any public comment on the national political situation and "despite his ardently wish to immerse himself in his rich library, he could not lose interest in the problems of Mali. It grouped it more than anything, "said Aminata Jeanne Keïta, one of the granddaughters of the former president, facing a meeting mainly of Malian guests.

Many

absences sign of the growing isolation of the country, the funeral of the former leader have indeed been marked by many absences.

Mali: Former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta died

 Mali: Former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta died © 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.

First of all of the delegations of Heads of State Members of the Economic Community of West African States (CEDAO). The junta having, despite the international pressures, decided not to make power as promised at the end of elections, on February 27, Mali was placed under embargo by his neighbors. In January, after the announcement by the putschists of a transition that would last six and a half, the subregional body delivered heavy sanctions, including economic and financial, against the country and closure of borders. On January 21, only one delegation from Guinea was present. Like Bamako, Conakry is headed by a young colonel, Mamadi Doumbouya, himself Trombur of President Alpha Conde in September 2021.

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at the level International, France, the European Union, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United States, Japan or the United Arab Emirates and China were represented. "We will retain a great statesman and a very attached person to France. IBK was a Parisian, like me, "said Joël Meyer, the Ambassador of France in Mali.

Other absent from the ceremony: Karim Keïta, eldest son of the former president. He who was president of the National Assembly defense commission is, since the summer of 2021, under a mandate of arrest for his presumed involvement in the assassination of Malian Journalist Birama Touré, disappeared in 2016. Karim Keïta took refuge in Côte d'Ivoire.

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