Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cissé dies of coronavirus
Soumaïla Cissé, the Malian opposition leader, has died of coronavirus.
According to PANA reports, he died in Paris, France on Friday.
His death has been confirmed by Cissé’s family and political affiliation, Union for Republic and Democracy (URD).
The former member of Mali’s National Assembly had been transferred from Niamey to France for treatment.
The opposition leader was abducted in March while campaigning for legislative elections in Timbuktu.
He was released in October, along with French humanist, Sophie Pétronin, and two Italians.
Jihadists freed them in a swap for 200 detainees.
It was Cissé who led the opposition until Ibrahim Keita was overthrown in August.
Cissé also served as president of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Commission from 2002 to 2012.
He was tipped as a frontrunner for the 2022 presidential election in Mali.