Mali’s ousted president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has a maximum of three months to return home after receiving medical care abroad, the colonels who overthrew the 75-year-old leader last month said Sunday.

Keita, who suffered a mini-stroke last week, flew out of Mali late on Saturday for treatment in the United Arab Emirates.

The time limit was agreed by the new junta and the regional grouping the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which has been mediating in the former French colony’s months-long crisis.

The ailing former leader was allowed a month away, to be extended to three months “solely on medical advice”, the junta, the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), said in a statement.

Leave comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *.