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Former Mali president Toure, democratic icon toppled in coup, dies at 72

Former Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure, who won acclaim as a champion of democracy before being toppled by a military coup in 2012, has died at the age of 72, an aide said on Tuesday. During his presidency, Mali won international praise as a regional model of democracy for its regular elections and relatively free press.

Reuters | Updated: 10-11-2020 18:37 IST | Created: 10-11-2020 18:37 IST
Former Mali president Toure, democratic icon toppled in coup, dies at 72

Former Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure, who won acclaim as a champion of democracy before being toppled by a military coup in 2012, has died at the age of 72, an aide said on Tuesday. Toure's life in many ways symbolised the stop-start nature of democracy in Mali, where his successor, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was overthrown in another coup this August.

Widely known by his initials ATT, Toure led an army coup in 1991 against military ruler Moussa Traore, who had violently suppressed anti-government protests. Toure organised democratic elections the following year and handed over power to a civilian president, earning him the nickname of "Soldier of Democracy". He died in Turkey on Monday night, his chief of staff, Seydou Cissouma, told Reuters, providing no further details.

Jeune Afrique reported the former president was flown to Turkey after undergoing a heart operation in Bamako. "A major actor in Malian democracy, ATT, over the course of his exceptional life, contributed to shaping a modern Mali," interim president Bah N'Daw said in a statement.

Toure returned to the presidency in 2002, winning election with nearly 65% of the vote, and was re-elected to a final five-year term in 2007. During his presidency, Mali won international praise as a regional model of democracy for its regular elections and relatively free press. Toure was planning to step down when his second term expired in 2012.

But his authority was weakened by high-level corruption, armed opposition in the desert north and a perception among some Malians that elections were not as free and fair as international observers suggested. That ultimately led to the March 2012 coup by mid-ranking officers, followed by the fall of northern Mali to jihadist militants later that year.

Despite intervention by French forces in 2013 to help the government retake the north, militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have since expanded their foothold in Mali and other countries in the region.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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