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  Mali held a state ceremony on Friday for former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who was ousted in a 2020 coup and died last week Interim Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga attended the ceremony at a military camp in the Sahel state capital Bamako where the former leader s coffin was draped in the Malian flag Keita s relatives were also in attendance as were former Malian Prime Minister Moussa Mara the Guinean Foreign Minister and foreign diplomats in Bamako Thousands of people also gathered at the former president s residence in Bamako to pay their respects Keita who was elected in a landslide in 2013 and won re election five years later died on Sunday at the age of 76 He is scheduled to be buried at his Bamako residence later on Friday Mali s brutal jihadist conflict overshadowed Keita s presidency which along with a declining economy and perceived government corruption contributed to the massive protests against him in 2020 Young army officers led by Colonel Assimi Goita forced him out of office on August 18 2020 arresting Keita and other leaders Under pressure from the West African bloc ECOWAS the junta that emerged from the rebellion released Keita on August 27 and returned him to his residence in Bamako under guard He suffered a mini stroke the following month and was sent to the United Arab Emirates for treatment The ruling junta would stage another coup in May 2021 The Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS agreed in December to sanction Mali after the junta proposed to remain in power for up to five years before organizing elections despite international demands to respect the promise to hold the vote in February Goita the head of the ruling junta has declared a three day national holiday in Keita s honor starting Friday Source Credit TheGuardian
Mali bids farewell to ex-president Keita

Ibrahim Boubacar

Mali held a state ceremony on Friday for former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was ousted in a 2020 coup and died last week.

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Interim Prime Minister

Interim Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga attended the ceremony at a military camp in the Sahel state capital Bamako, where the former leader’s coffin was draped in the Malian flag.

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Malian Prime Minister

Keita’s relatives were also in attendance, as were former Malian Prime Minister Moussa Mara, the Guinean Foreign Minister and foreign diplomats in Bamako.

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Thousands of people also gathered at the former president’s residence in Bamako to pay their respects.

Keita, who was elected in a landslide in 2013 and won re-election five years later, died on Sunday at the age of 76. He is scheduled to be buried at his Bamako residence later on Friday.

Mali’s brutal jihadist conflict overshadowed Keita’s presidency, which, along with a declining economy and perceived government corruption, contributed to the massive protests against him in 2020.

Colonel Assimi Goita

Young army officers led by Colonel Assimi Goita forced him out of office on August 18, 2020, arresting Keita and other leaders.

West African

Under pressure from the West African bloc ECOWAS, the junta that emerged from the rebellion released Keita on August 27 and returned him to his residence in Bamako, under guard.

United Arab Emirates

He suffered a mini stroke the following month and was sent to the United Arab Emirates for treatment.

The ruling junta would stage another coup in May 2021.

Economic Community of West African States

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed in December to sanction Mali after the junta proposed to remain in power for up to five years before organizing elections, despite international demands to respect the promise to hold the vote in February.

Goita, the head of the ruling junta, has declared a three-day national holiday in Keita’s honor, starting Friday.

Source Credit: TheGuardian

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