Mali’s deposed leader, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been hospitalised. President Keita was checked in the late hours of Tuesday at a private clinic, intensifying fears about the 75-year-old’s health after being detained for 10 days by the junta now in power.
He was ultimately released late last week and taken home where he has remained under military surveillance. But concerns had mounted on the former leader’s state of health during his time in military custody in the barracks at Kati outside the capital Bamako.
A family source had indicated he had been unable to his personal doctor then.
Following his resignation on the evening of August 18, the international community decried his ouster, and arrest by the military while regional bloc ECOWAS called for his reinstatement.
Keita, however, is believed to no longer be interested in staying in power. He had three years left to complete his second term in office before being ousted by the military in what was a dramatic twist to months of political unrest fuelled by opposition protests and demonstrations.
His present condition is not yet known, and it was unclear whether he would be evacuated abroad for medical treatment given the circumstances.