Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was toppled in the August 2020 military coup led by Col Assimi Goita died in Bamako today aged 76.
The cause of Keita’s death was not indicated. He resigned and was detained by the Goita regime.
He was later freed and allowed to travel to the United Arab Emirates on several occasions for medical treatment.
Soumaila Cisse, Keita’s opponent in the 2018 presidential election died in 2020 from Covid-19 after his release from abduction by armed groups in northern Mali.
ECOWAS has suspended Mali and slammed it with harsh and controversial financial and border blockage after the Goita-led regime announced a 5-year delay to its transition programme.