The overthrown ex-president of Mali finally released

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BAMAKO | The junta in power for a week in Mali announced yesterday that it released the former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta yesterday, which it overthrew after seven years at the head of this country at war against the jihadists.

The announced release of Mr. Keïta is akin to a demonstration of goodwill addressed to West African neighbors, whose leaders are to meet at a summit today to decide, after initial sanctions, to increase or not. pressure on the junta.

Mr. Keïta “is free to move around, he is at home,” Captain Djibrila Maïga, a spokesman for the junta, told AFP.

However, the reality and the conditions of this announced release could not be confirmed from other sources, and uncertainty remains about the fate of Mr. Keïta, invisible for eight days. Mr. Keïta, 75, was arrested with several other officials on August 18 during the putsch after months of political turmoil and consumed at the cost of a few shots.

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