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Mali coup: Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta flies to UAE

Mali’s ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who was ousted in a coup last month, has left the country.  

Mr Keïta, 75, has flown to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for medical treatment after suffering from a minor stroke, military officials said.

The junta is currently in talks with opposition and civil society groups about a transition to civilian rule.It says it will step down in two years, but West African leaders want a quicker transfer of power.

Mr Keïta was overthrown on 18 August following mass protests against his rule over corruption, the mismanagement 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 later freed.

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