- Mali has lost its opposition leader, Soumaila Cisse
- Cisse died of coronavirus on Friday, December 25, in France while receiving treatment
- For about six months, the late opposition leader was in Jihadists' captivity
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Soumaila Cisse, Mali's opposition leader (71 years old) on Friday, December 25, died of COVID-19 after been held hostage by some Jihadists.
he prominent African leader died in France where he was receiving treatment for the pandemic, TVC News reports.
Meanwhile, the prime minister of Mali, Boubou Cisse, and the nation's president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, were on Tuesday, August 18, arrested by some mutinying soldiers.
The leader of the soldiers informed journalists on Tuesday that Cisse and Keita are with them in Bamako, Mali's capital.
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In another post, Keita was forced out of the presidency as he finally tendered his resignation on Wednesday, August 19, amid political unrest in Mali, hours after his arrest.
The political imbroglio that polarised Mali hit the climax on Tuesday, August 18, as prime minister, Boubou Cisse, and President Keita were arrested by some mutinying soldiers.
The leader of the soldier group informed journalists on Tuesday that Cisse and Keita are with them in Bamako, Mali's capital. Later, another military source claimed the president and the prime minister have been taken to a key base in Kati, a town close to Bamako.
In the early hours of Wednesday, President Keita said he has resigned from his position in order to avoid bloodshed and violence between his loyalists and the opposition.
Keita said that he had decided "to give up my duty from now on." "Today, certain parts of the military have decided that intervention was necessary. Do I really have a choice? Because I do not wish blood to be shed," Keita said on Wednesday morning.
It is now unclear whether the country will be ruled by the military or there will be a fresh election among political parties in the West African nations.
The military is expected to address the country on Wednesday. European nations had condemned the development that saw the military take over.
The political tension in Mali, prior to the coup-like development, was a point of concern for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
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