By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
Gen. Amadou Toumani Toure, the former president of Mali, has breathed his last at a hospital in Turkey, according to authorities in Bamako.
The former army general, who died at age of 72, won acclaim for pursuing democratic reforms before being ousted in a military coup in 2012.
“Amadou Toumani Toure died during the night of Monday to Tuesday in Turkey,” where he had been taken for health reasons, his nephew Oumar Toure told the news agency AFP.
A distinguished military officer, Toure was celebrated for enacting democratic reforms in the West African nation, but was ousted in a military coup in 2012.
Toure came to power in 1991, after he led a coup against dictator Moussa Traore, who had ruled the country with an iron hand for 22 years. Traore later died in Mali September.
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