Mali’s Ousted President, Keita To Be Flown Abroad For Medical Treatment

Plans are underway to fly Mali’s ousted President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment.

Recall that Keita’s health deteriorated after being detained for 10 days by the junta and was admitted at a private clinic in Bamako, Mali on Tuesday where he was treated for transient ischaemic attack (a mini-stroke) according to AFP.

A member of Keita’s entourage told AFP that he had returned home on Thursday, adding that “the United Arab Emirates has agreed to send a medical plane to pick him up.”

Ousted Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

The head of Mali’s new junta was said to have visited the 75-year-old ex-president in the hospital earlier on Thursday.

“A delegation from the ruling military, led by Colonel Assimi Goita, visited (the) former president in the clinic,” a doctor told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The junta has said that Keita is authorised to leave the country for medical care if need be.

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