Mali’s ousted leader leaves hospital

BAMAKO (AFP) – Mali’s former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, ousted recently in a coup, left hospital on Thursday after being treated for a mini-stroke, sources said.

“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 told AFP that he had returned home in the evening, adding that “the UAE 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 before heading into the city, where they seized Keita and other leaders.

Under pressure by the West African bloc ECOWAS, the junta that emerged from the rebellion released Keita on August 27 and returned him to his residence in Bamako.