Mali bids farewell to ex-president Keita | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

Mali bids farewell to ex-president Keita | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

Choguel Kokalla Maiga, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

1/21/2022 7:20:00 PM

Mali bids farewell to ex-president Keita | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

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 in a military camp in the Sahel state’s capital Bamako, where the ex-leader’s coffin was draped in the Malian flag.Keita’s relatives attended too, as well as former Malian Prime Minister Moussa Mara, Guinea’s 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 aged 76 on Sunday. He is due to be buried at his Bamako residence later on Friday.

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