Ousted Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta Dies at Age 76

Ousted Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta died on Jan. 16 at the age of 76, his family said.

Keïta died in his home in the capital Bamako, his family confirmed to AFP News.

The cause of Keïta’s death has not been made immediately clear.

Keïta served as the president of Mali from 2013 until 2020 when a coup ousted him, following huge anti-government protests over his handling of a jihadist insurgency and failure to improve the country’s economy.

In August 2020, the military ousted Keïta and promised an 18-month transition to civilian rule. 

A month after the coup, Keïta suffered a mini-stroke and was transported to the United Arab Emirates for treatment.

Last May, Special Forces Commander Assimi Goita staged a second coup, announcing a further three-year delay to elections that were set to take place this February.

Goita’s actions prompted regional bloc Economic Community of West African States, as well as the European Union, to impose sanctions on Mali.

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