Earlier this year, 71-year-old Sisi, who was held hostage by the armed group for six months, has been identified as his main contender in the 2022 presidential election.
Mali’s main opposition leader, Soumaila Cisse, was held hostage by a militant group for 20 months earlier this year and has been named a key contender in the 2022 presidential election. I am 71 years old.
Ciss died after signing the COVID-19 contract. His eldest son, Bocar, told the Associated Press on Friday. “The doctors did their best to keep him alive. But this is God’s will.
Death brings new political uncertainty to Mali Former opposition leader Cisse has won the last three presidential elections and is widely believed to have the best chance of finally winning in 2022.
He was abducted in March by al-Qaeda-linked groups while campaigning for legislative elections in his native Niafunke, northern Mali.
Under popular pressure, the Malian government, along with French and Italian hostages, released him in October to release about 200 fighter jets from Mali prisons.
Extremist groups have long funded such payments from European governments, but have not paid the ransom. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
In an interview after his release, Cisse told French TV5 Monde that his captives had taken the hostages on a motorcycle. It is said to have been held in more than 20 places.
Whether he touches it or not. He said he had not been abused orally, but described the very difficult conditions in the desert and did not have the medicine he needed.
Cisse said he could listen to the radio and was outraged by the news of the August military coup that ousted Mali’s democratically elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Mali interim leader Sem Ba N’Daw told Cisse’s family and supporters on Friday that millions of Malians were “shocked” by the news.
Describing talks with Cisse after his release, he said that “Cisse’s optimism remains” and that “the country still needs its experience and wisdom to meet today’s challenges.”
Interim Prime Minister Moctar Ouane said on Twitter that “all Mali and one of the brave sons of the African continent are mourning.”
On Christmas Eve, on his last Facebook page, Cisse wished Christians in his country and around the world a happy and healthy holiday at a time of crisis in Mali, including the spread of the coronavirus.
Cisse, an engineering and IT specialist with training, studied in Senegal and France and worked for several companies, including IBM, before returning to Mali.
No immediate funeral arrangements were announced.