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A few days after the death of its former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Mali pays tribute on Friday to this former head of state, overthrown a year and a half ago by the military. Nearly 2,000 people rushed to his home to say goodbye. A three-day national mourning was declared by the junta.

Mali paid, Friday, January 21, a last tribute to former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, known as IBK, who died this week, a year and a half after being overthrown by the military.

The junta which succeeded it and which today stands up to a large part of the international community organized a national funeral in a military camp in Bamako under the chairmanship of the transitional Prime Minister, Choguel Kokalla Maïga.

Colonel Assimi Goïta, one of the leaders of the 2020 putsch since invested as president of the transition, was absent.

Assimi Goïta “prevented” from participating in the ceremony

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who died at home on Sunday at the age of 76 after staying away from public life, was to be buried in the afternoon in his vast residence after a ceremony that was both more popular and private.

Nearly 2,000 people, including former opponents, flocked to his home to bid him farewell.

Colonel Goïta, who took part in the funeral of two other former heads of the Malian state who died in 2020 after the putsch, was officially “prevented” from participating in the official ceremony.

This one gathered in front of the coffin covered with the national flag, on the place of arms of the 34and military engineering battalion, many personalities, former interim president Dioncounda Traoré, former ministers, religious dignitaries, diplomats and one of the sons of the deceased, Bouba Keïta.

Guinea, also the scene of a putsch in September 2021 and privileged partner of the Malian junta in the face of international pressure, had dispatched its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Morissanda Kouyaté.

“Dignity and Patriotism”

Baba Hakib Haïdara, on behalf of the collaborators of the former president, hailed “a statesman open to dialogue”.

He was “a man of spirit, a man of culture, but also, I would say, a man of heart”, said his former Minister of Health Michel Sidibé. “He always fought for this country, he had his strengths and his weaknesses, but what characterized him was his dignity and his patriotism, and that was mentioned today.”

IBK, as he was commonly called, was overthrown on August 18, 2020 by soldiers who, after a second coup in May 2021, today invoke the evils accumulated in the past to justify their refusal to return power to the civilians in the near future.

Begun in 2013, the presidency largely coincided with the turmoil in which Mali has been caught since 2012 and the outbreak of independence and jihadist insurgencies in the north.

The fall of IBK had been preceded by months of mobilization within a population exasperated by violence of all kinds – jihadist, community or villainous -, by the inaction and the bankruptcy of the State and by a reputation for corruption. galloping.

The junta has declared national mourning for three days from Friday.

With AFP

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