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Mali coup: Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta flies to UAE for medical treatment

Former President for Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who was kicked out of power in a coup last month, has moved out of the country.

The 75-year old ex-President flew to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday for medical treatment after suffering a minor stroke, military officials announced.

The junta is currently in a dialogue with opposition and civil society groups about a transition to civilian rule.

It has said that it will step down in two years, but West African leaders are calling for a quicker transfer of power.

Mr Keïta was overthrown on 18 August following mass protests against his rule over corruption, the bad management of the economy and a dispute over legislative elections.

The coup sparked international condemnation, but it was welcomed by many Malians.

Mr Keïta was detained by the military, but was later set free.

AFP news agency reported on Thursday that he left a hospital in the capital, Bamako, after a two-day stay during which he was treated for a minor stroke.

Source; BBC

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