Malians pour tributes to former leader, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
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Tributes continue to pour in after the death of Mali’s former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Sunday.
Keita’s rule was riddled with lots of controversies and criticism especially from the opposition before he was toppled through a coup in 2020.
In the weeks before the 2020 coup, he had been struggling with protests fuelled by his handling of a jihadist insurgency and failure to turn around Mali’s floundering economy.
Despite differences of opinion, they pay tribute to a “man of peace, a man of his word”.
“His death shocks me enormously because he is our president. We fought him but he was a man of peace, a man of his word. He governed Mali and may his soul rest in peace,” said Mamadou Kourouma, resident of Bamako.
Mali’s former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who led the West African country from 2013 until he was ousted in a coup in 2020, died at the age of 76 in Bamako on Sunday, his family said.
Keita was two years into his second five-year term when in 2020 he faced widespread street protests against his government and was toppled by the military which is now under regional sanctions for failing to restore civilian rule.