Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita dies at 92

Bamako, Jan 16 (EFE).- Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK) has died today at his home in Bamako at the age of 92, a year and a half after his overthrow by a coup that ended his seven years of government. According to sources from his Regrouping for Mali (RPM) party, the former president, who governed the country between 2013 and 2020, has died this morning at his home in the Malian capital after a long illness. In 2013, Boubacar Keita was elected to the presidency of the Republic after the military coup against President Amadou Toumani Touré, and in 2018 he was re-elected for a second term but two years later he was overthrown by his army in the context of massive opposition protesters. IBK, a political scientist and expert in international relations, began his government career in November 1993 when he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a few months later he became Prime Minister of the country, a position he held until 2000. During the years of government of IBK, Mali -which has not yet recovered constitutional order after the 2020 coup- went through a complex situation of insecurity and instability due to the presence of jihadist groups that intensified their attacks against the civilian population, the Malian Army and foreign and military forces. United Nations.

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