Former President of Mali Amadou Toumani Touré dies

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Former President of Mali Amadou Toumani Touré died on Monday. He was 72.

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Touré, who was toppled in a military coup in 2012, died in a hospital in Istanbul.

In a statement, President Bah N’Daw of Mali praised the former President for helping modernize Mali and for dedicating “all his love and his strengths” to the country.

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Mr. Touré first came to power in 1991 following a military coup. He led the West African nation for a year, and later as Mali’s President for a decade between 2002 and 2012.

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He was the second democratically chosen president in Mali’s post-independence history who presided over improvements in infrastructure, including schools and hospitals.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday sent heartfelt condolences to government and people of the Republic of Mali over his passing.

The Nigerian President commiserated with family of the departed Malian leader, whose ten-year reign in the country contributed to the strengthening of political institutions, and measure of stability, starting with his presiding over a peaceful transition in the country as a military leader.

President Buhari joined world leaders, particularly those from ECOWAS, in mourning the former President, whose wisdom and foresight also impacted greatly on the West Coast, as he always advocated dialogue over conflict, and believed strongly in the African voice.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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