Mali ex-dictator state funeral
Mali held a state funeral for ex-dictator Moussa Traore,83, on September 18, attended by the head of the ruling military commanders and other former leaders, according to AFP journalists following the event.
Traoré, who ruled Mali for 22 years before being deposed in a 1991 coup d’état, died in the capital Bamako on September 15.
The former autocrat was buried at a Bamako military camp, where a funeral band played at the arrival of his coffin, which was draped in the Malian flag.
Soldiers dressed in full regalia stood at attention, while two planes performed a flypast overhead.
As a young lieutenant in 1968, Traoré was the main instigator of a coup that overthrew Modibo Keita, the country’s first president after independence from France in 1960.