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Ousted Mali President, Keita suffers stroke

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OUSTED Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has suffered a brief stroke-like attack and was hospitalised in a private clinic in Bamako.

  A doctor announced this yesterday, stating that “thorough analysis showed the president was the victim of a transient ischaemic attack. It is an alert, but he is recovering well at the moment.”

  Experts say a transient ischaemic attack, also called a mini-stroke, happens 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.

  According to them, although the symptoms are typically short-lasting, they are often a warning sign for future strokes.

  Earlier yesterday, an aide to Keita and a medical source had said the former president had been admitted to the clinic for a routine checkup and that he was expected to return home in the coming hours.

  But when he was asked how long Keita would stay, the doctor said “it’s true, his return home was initially envisaged for today, but right now, he’s under observation.”

  The president was ousted by young military officers who mutinied at a base near Bamako before heading into the city, where they seized Keita and other leaders.

  Hours later, Keita announced on national TV that he was stepping down.

  He was released on August 27, by the new junta, who returned him to his residence in Bamako, where according to his entourage he has limited access to a phone and the internet.

  The junta has said that Keita is authorised to leave the country for medical care if need be.

  Keita, who was two years into his second five-year term, had been battling mounting protests fueled by his handling of a bloody jihadist insurgency and failure to turn around Mali’s floundering economy.

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