Ousted President Of Mali Ibrahim Keita Suffers Min-stroke, United Arab Emirates To Send Jet To Airlift Him For Treatment Abroad
Former president of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, ousted recently in a coup, has left hospital after being treated for a mini-stroke, sources in the country have revealed. Keita is now heading to the United Arab Emirates for further treatment. “Everything is going well. The test results look good,” said a medical source at the private health facility in the capital Bamako where the former president was treated.
A member of Keita’s entourage revealed that he had returned home and that the United Arab Emirates has agreed to send a medical plane to pick him up,” though details still had to be worked out.
Keita was forced out of office on August 18 by young military officers who staged an uprising at a base near Bamako and was subsequently placed under lock and key. Under pressure by the West African bloc ECOWAS, the junta released Keita on August 27 and returned him to his residence in Bamako, under surveillance.
Keita, 75, was admitted to the private hospital after suffering what is called a transient ischaemic attack. This occurs 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. These events are viewed seriously by doctors as they can be a precursor for a full-fledged stroke.
More details as they unfold.
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