Ousted Mali president’s funeral not televised

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta had a state ceremony and was then buried at a family ceremony

A state ceremony has been held in Mali for the former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who died last week, less than two years after being ousted in a coup.

It was not broadcast on national television.

The country’s interim prime minister, Choguel Kokalla Maïga, attended the event in a military camp in the capital Bamako.

The former leader known as IBK – who was 76 – was then buried after a family ceremony at his home.

Mr Keïta was overthrown following widespread protests at the government’s failure to improve the economy and stop violence by Islamist militants.

Mali’s military leaders are under increasing pressure to leave power and hold elections.

Source: BBC

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