Mali President Keita

Meet Ibrahim Boubacar Keita: Everything You Need To Know

Here’s everything we know about the Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was seized by mutinous troops on the heels of a weeks-long political crisis on Tuesday, 17 August.

A government spokesman has confirmed that Mali President Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta was arrested by mutinying soldiers, along with Prime Minister Boubou Cisse.

The protesters whose movement led to the coup want the end of France’s influence in the country.

Who is Ibrahim Boubacar Keita?

The current President of Mali Republic, since 4 September 2013.

Age: 75

Family: Keïta is married to Keïta Aminata Maiga, the First Lady of Mali, and has four children. His son Karim is a member of the National Assembly and married to a daughter of Issaka Sidibé, President of the National Assembly.

Hometown: Koutiala

Political party: Alliance for Democracy in Mali

Previous jobs: Keïta served as Prime Minister of Mali from 1994 to 2000 and as President of the National Assembly of Mali from 2002 to 2007. He was a founding father of the centre-left political party Rally for Mali (RPM) in 2001.

Read more about Keïta here.

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