Mali's former president Moussa Traore dies at 83

16 September 2020
2020-09-16 11:25

Mali's former president Moussa Traore has died at age 83, according to his son. Traore seized power in a military coup in 1968, eight years after Mali gained independence from France.

He ruled the West Africa nation for more than 22 years.  Traore was eventually ousted in a coup in 1991 after days of violent protests amid unrest over years of economic decline. His death comes nearly a month after military leaders in Mali staged a coup on August 18, deposing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who had three years left in his second term in office.

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