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    Katarina Hoije and Baudelaire Mieu | Bloomberg Mali’s former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who came to power in elections that aimed to restore democracy after a military takeover, only to be deposed in another coup, has died at age 76. Keita died at home in the nation’s capital of Bamako on Sunday, his family said. The government confirmed Keita’s death, saying in an emailed statement that he died after a long illness. He had suffered a stroke and heart problems in recent years and had sought medical care in Dubai in late 2020. Keita, often referred to by his initials IBK, came to power in 2013 following a military coup and a French-led military intervention against militants linked to al-Qaida that had occupied large swaths of northern Mali including the ancient city of Timbuktu. The government confirmed Keita’s death on state broadcaster ORTM. He was reelected for a second five-year term in 2018, only to be ousted two years later. During his second mandate, Keita faced growing criticism over his administration’s failure to tackle a sprawling Islamist insurgency that expanded...
    BAMAKO – Mali’s former president Amadou Toumani Toure has died at the age of 72. Senegalese President Macky Sall on Tuesday confirmed the death of the former leader on Twitter. Mali’s government hasn’t yet reported the Toure's death, but said it is preparing a statement. Toure served as Mali’s president from 2002 until March 2012 when he was deposed by a military coup. He then lived in exile in the neighboring West African nation of Senegal until December 2019 when he returned to Mali. Toure died Monday night while he was hospitalized in Turkey, according to a family member who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not yet authorized to speak to the press. The former Malian president had undergone heart surgery in Bamako before being evacuated to Turkey, said the relative. Born in Mali's central Mopti region in 1948, Toure later became a lieutenant-colonel in Mali's army. He was appointed the head of the transitional committee after a 1991 coup d'etat that deposed former president Moussa Traore and served as the head of...
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s former president Amadou Toumani Toure has died at the age of 72. Senegalese President Macky Sall confirmed the death of the former leader Tuesday on Twitter. Mali’s government hasn’t yet reported the death, but said it is preparing a statement. Toumani served as Mali’s president from 2002 until March 2012 when he was deposed by a military coup. He then lived in exile in the neighboring West African nation of Senegal until December 2019. He died early Tuesday in Turkey where he was undergoing treatment, according to Radio France International. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s former president Amadou Toumani Toure has died at the age of 72. Senegalese President Macky Sall confirmed the death of the former leader Tuesday on Twitter. Mali’s government hasn’t yet reported the death, but said it is preparing a statement. Toumani served as Mali’s president from 2002 until March 2012 when he was deposed by a military coup. He then lived in exile in the neighboring West African nation of Senegal until December 2019. He died early Tuesday in Turkey where he was undergoing treatment, according to Radio France International. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s former president Amadou Toumani Toure has died at the age of 72, according to Senegal’s president. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Former Mali President Amadou Toumani Toure, an army general who won acclaim for pursuing democratic reforms before being toppled by a military coup in 2012, has died at the age of 72, an aide said on Tuesday. He died in Turkey on Monday night, his chief of staff Seydou Cissouma told Reuters, providing no further details. Toure's life, in many ways, symbolised the stop-start nature of democracy in the West African country, where his successor, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was overthrown in another coup this August. Widely known by his initials ATT, Toure was a former paratrooper who seized power in 1991 after military ruler Moussa Traore's security forces killed more than 100 pro-democracy demonstrators. He organised democratic elections the following year and handed over power to a civilian president, earning him the nickname of “Soldier of Democracy”. (Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Bate Felix) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Turkey, Africa, Middle East, Europe, Mali
    BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali's former prime minister Boubou Cisse and other officials and military personnel detained during the August coup have been released, according to a statement by the vice president, Colonel Assimi Goita. Although a transitional government has been appointed after the Aug. 18 coup, Goita, who led the coup, remained in the government as vice president in charge of security and defence issues. The officials' release was one of the demands of international powers including the West African regional bloc, which this week lifted economic sanctions against Mali after the appointment of the transitional government. The senior figures had been held since the ouster of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, which alarmed Mali's foreign partners who feared it would further destabilise Mali and undermine a joint fight against Islamist militants in the wider Sahel region. The former head of the national assembly, Moussa Timbine, and eight generals were among those released, said the statement issued by the vice president late on Wednesday. "However those concerned remain at the disposal of the judicial authorities," it said. (Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo;...
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday urged Mali’s junta to release former government officials they have held since a coup d’etat on Aug. 18. The call by Alioune Tine, U.N. independent expert on human rights in Mali, came as a mediator for the West African regional economic bloc arrived in the country to discuss a transition government named earlier this week and that will be installed Friday. Former defense minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N’Daw will be inducted as the transitional president while the head of the junta, Col. Assimi Goita, will be the transitional vice president. The junta, which calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August, detaining him, the prime minister and other government officials. Keita, who became ill, was eventually released and has gone to the United Arab Emirates for treatment. There has been widespread concern that the upheaval in Mali will set back efforts to contain the country’s growing Islamic insurgency. After a similar coup in...
    BAMAKO – Mali’s former president Moussa Traore, who ruled the West Africa nation for more than 22 years, has died at age 83, according to his son Idrissa Traore. He did not give details on the cause of death. Traore seized power in a military coup in 1968, eight years after Mali gained independence from France, and amid growing discontent with then-president Modibo Keita, the country's first president. Traore and other officers set up the Military Committee for National Liberation, abolished the constitution and established a regime. Traore ruled the country as its military leader until 1979 when he installed himself as civilian president of a one-party state. He was the sole presidential candidate in elections held in 1985. Traore was eventually ousted in a coup in 1991 after days of violent protests killed at least 200 people following years of economic decline. After the coup d’etat of March 26, 1991, Traore was imprisoned and sentenced to death in 1993. Alpha Oumar Konare, who was president from 1992 to 2002, commuted Traore’s sentence to life imprisonment and finally...
    By BABA AHMED, Associated Press BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s former president Moussa Traore, who ruled the West Africa nation for more than 22 years, has died at age 83, according to his son Idrissa Traore. Traore seized power in a military coup in 1968, eight years after Mali gained independence from France. He ruled the country as its military leader until 1979 when he installed himself as civilian president of a one-party state. He was the sole presidential candidate in elections held in 1985. Traore was eventually ousted in a coup in 1991 after days of violent protests amid unrest over years of economic decline. His death comes nearly a month after military leaders in Mali staged a coup on Aug. 18, deposing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who had three years left in his second term in office. On Tuesday, the military junta ruling Mali is meeting with a group of West African leaders in Ghana to outline a transition to civilian rule. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or...
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s former president Moussa Traore, who ruled the West Africa nation for more than 22 years, has died at age 83, according to his son Idrissa Traore. Traore seized power in a military coup in 1968, eight years after Mali gained independence from France. He ruled the country as its military leader until 1979 when he installed himself as civilian president of a one-party state. He was the sole presidential candidate in elections held in 1985. Traore was eventually ousted in a coup in 1991 after days of violent protests amid unrest over years of economic decline. His death comes nearly a month after military leaders in Mali staged a coup on Aug. 18, deposing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who had three years left in his second term in office. On Tuesday, the military junta ruling Mali is meeting with a group of West African leaders in Ghana to outline a transition to civilian rule. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Last month’s coup was welcomed by many Malian civilians Mali’s new military leaders have agreed to establish an 18-month transition government until an election can take place, following last month’s coup. Spokesperson Moussa Camara said the interim government would either be led by a military officer or a civilian. The pledge came after three days of talks with opposition and civil society groups on a timeline for Mali’s return to civilian rule. Ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta fled the country last week. The 75-year-old former leader flew to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 5 September for medical treatment, after suffering a minor stroke, military officials said. His former chief of staff said he could be away for up to 15 days. After the coup, West African leaders said they wanted a rapid return to civilian rule. Mali’s new military rulers had previously said they wanted the interim period to last for two years. “We make a commitment before you to spare no effort in the implementation of all these resolutions in the exclusive interest of the Malian people,”...
    BAMAKO (Reuters) - U.N. human rights officials met overnight with Mali's ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other officials who have been held by mutineers since a military coup earlier this week, the U.N. mission there said on Friday. There has been no word from Keita since Tuesday, when he dissolved parliament and then resigned after being detained at gunpoint, deepening the crisis facing a country struggling to fend off an insurgency by Islamist militants. The human rights team was given access to Keita and other detainees, the U.N. peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSMA, said on Twitter. It provided no details on what was said or on the condition of the captives. The streets of the capital Bamako were calm for the third straight day on Friday ahead of a mass rally planned by an opposition coalition that led protests against Keita before the coup and has since embraced the mutineers. Junta leaders have promised to oversee a transition to elections within a "reasonable" amount of time. But the military overthrow has dismayed international and regional powers, who fear it...
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