Moussa Traore, who led Mali for 22 years, dies aged 83

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Moussa Traore, who led Mali from 1968 until he was ousted in a coup in 1991, died at his home aged 83 in the capital Bamako on Tuesday, his family said.

“We are really in mourning,” his nephew Mohamed Traore told AFP.

As a young lieutenant in 1968, Traore was the main instigator of a coup that overthrew Modibo Keita, the country’s first post-independence president.

He became president the following year and ruled until he himself was toppled. In recent years, he had played the role of elder statesm

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