The former president of Mali, Moussa Traoré, has died at home in the capital, Bamako. – president Moussa Traoré dies
He was 83. Mali’s former president Moussa Traore dies at 83
Mr Traoré took power in a coup in 1968 and remained president until he was ousted by the military in 1991.
He has played the role of elder statesman in recent years, advising the younger generation of Malian politicians.
His death coincides with Mali’s fourth coup since independence.
Last month army officers overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta following weeks of opposition protests.
After the coup d’etat of March 26, 1991, Traore was imprisoned and sentenced to death in 1993. Alpha Oumar Konare, who was president from 1992 to 2002, commuted Traore’s sentence to life imprisonment and finally pardoned him in 2002. president Moussa Traoré dies
Traore’s death comes nearly a month after military leaders in Mali staged a coup on Aug. 18, deposing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who had three years left in his second term in office.
On Tuesday, the military junta currently ruling Mali met with a group of West African leaders in Ghana to outline a transition to civilian rule.
In the last five years, Traore became a mediator within Mali. Most recently he was visited by Col. Assimi Goita, who is heading the junta.
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Moussa Traore, who led Mali from 1968 until he was ousted in a coup in 1991, died at his home aged 83 in the capital Bamako on Tuesday, his family said.
“We are really in mourning,” his nephew Mohamed Traore said.
Moussa Traore, then a lieutenant, had himself been the main instigator of a coup that overthrew Modibo Keita, the country’s first post-independence president, in 1968.
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