Former Mali President Modibo Keita ( Photo Courtesy) As one of the first generation of African leaders post the colonial period, Modibo Keita wielded too much influence during his time in power. After leading his country to independence from the French in 1960, Keita became the first President of the modern day Mali.
Mali's current difficulties may be traced back to 1968, as the country is rapidly devolving into a failed state as a result of a series of military coups. Modibo Keita became Mali's first President after leading his country to independence in 1960 following decades of French colonization.
Former Mali President Modibo Keita ( Photo Courtesy) With Mali fast degenerating into a failed state amid a series of military coups in the troubled West African nation, today's problems in the country can be traced back to 1968. Having led his country to independence in 1960 after decades of French colonization, Modibo Keita became Mali's first President.
Sad news this evening as former Mali president Moussa Traore is declared dead, according to his family. The former strong man is dead at the age 83 years old. Traore ruled Mali for 22 years after taking power in 1968 through a military coup where he was a senior officer. He led the ousting of Modibo Keita, who was Mali's president at the time. Through his rule, Traore can be described as a dictator. All political activity was banned in the country and the military led the key institutions, according to Wikipedia.