Mali’s ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was hospitalised in the capital Bamako on Tuesday evening for an overdue check-up with his doctor, a source said, six days after he was released from detention by the country’s new military leadership.
The junta allowed Keita, 75, to return home last Thursday in a attempt to court goodwill with regional states who imposed strict sanctions on the country following his overthrow on Aug. 18.
According to a deal struck with regional mediators, the junta agreed to allow Keita, who has ongoing health issues, to see his doctor, and if necessary, travel abroad for medical checks.
Keita, 75, was admitted to a private clinic in Bamako on Tuesday evening.
“According to thorough analysis, the president was victim of a transient ischaemic attack. It is an alert, but he is recovering well at the moment,” a doctor at the facility said.
He was diagnosed with a ransient ischaemic attack, also called a mini-stroke, happens when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted for a few minutes, causing stroke-like symptoms such as numbness on one side of the body, vision difficulties or confusion in understanding speech.
Mali’s former minister, Bandiougou Bidia Doucoure, also had a few words to share, “the Malians should not accept the president (IBK) to die here. Six months after having accepted that he goes where he wants to be treated, no one wishes his death. So he must re-establish himself and then, if there will be judgment tomorrow or after tomorrow, that is more normal”
The M5 opposition called for the resignation of Keita by way of public demonstrations for three months before the coup saw him step down. The condition of the 75-year-old was not immediately known, and it was unclear whether he would be evacuated abroad for medical treatment.
Keita, who was first elected in 2013, had three years left in his term when mutinous soldiers detained him at his residence after firing shots outside the house.
Hours later, he appeared in a midnight broadcast on national television, informing Malians of his decision to step down immediately so that no blood would be shed at his expense for him to remain in power.