Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who served Mali from 2013 to 2020, died Sunday, January 16 at his residence in Bamako, according to his family.
“President IBK (Ibrahim Boubacar Keita) died at his home in Bamako this morning at 9 a.m. (GMT and local time),” a family member told AFP.
Several family members confirmed this information.
In August 2020, the military deposed Mali’s president, Mr. Keta, who was elected president of Mali in September 2013, was deposed in August 2020 by the military.
The cause of Keita’s death was not given.
Mali, which has been entrenched in serious security and political crisis since the country’s independence and Islamist insurgencies in 2012, has been subjected to ECOWAS sanctions for the last week.
Mr Keita, who claimed to be a Leftist, rose to prominence under the presidency of Alpha Oumar Konare, Mali’s first democratically elected president (1992-2002). From 1994 until 2000, he served as Prime Minister.
After running unsuccessfully in the 2002 presidential election, he took over the Koulouba Palace, the seat of the Malian presidency in Bamako, in 2013.
He was re-elected in 2018 against Soumala Cissé, the opposition leader at the time, who died of Covid-19 in December 2020.
In August 2020, he was deposed, and in May 2021, he was deposed again. Colonel Assimi Gota’s junta has declared its ambition to rule the country for several years, despite having earlier vowed to holding presidential and legislative elections on February 27 to allow civilians to reclaim authority.