Bamako, 10 November 2020 (dpa/MIA) — Former Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure, who led the volatile West African nation for a decade, has died at age 72, the state broadcaster said on Tuesday.
Toure died in the early hours of Tuesday from an illness, according to state-owned radio station ORTM.
The cause of Toure’s death remained unconfirmed on Tuesday, with local media reporting he died in Turkey, to where he recently had been evacuated for treatment.
Toure first became a well-known figure in Malian politics after he helped to oust president Mousse Traore during a popular revolution in 1991.
He presided over a year-long military-civilian transition process that led to a new constitution and multiparty elections.
As leader of the transition, Toure handed power to Mali’s first democratically elected president, Alpha Oumar Konare, in mid-1992, which was seen as the beginning of democracy in Mali.
Ten years later, Toure re-entered politics, was elected president in 2002 and re-elected in 2007 for a second five-year term.
But shortly before the end of his time in office, Toure himself was ousted in a military coup and forced into exile in neighboring Senegal.
Toure returned to Mali in late 2017.
“I am saddened to learn of the death of HE Mr Amadou Toumani Toure, former president of the Republic of Mali. I salute the memory of the illustrious deceased,” Senegalese President Macky Sall said on Twitter.