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A timeline of key events in Mali that led to another power grab in the troubled West African nation.

August 2018 - President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is re-elected to a second five-year term after receiving 67% of the Aug. 12 runoff slotxo vote, beating opposition leader Soumaila Cisse who received more than 32%. The Constitutional Court rejects motions of fraud filed by the opposition party.

Keita was first elected president in 2013, after a French-led military operation ousted Islamic extremists from power in northern Mali's towns. He won elections organized after a military coup.

July 2020 - Demonstrations against Keita's presidency escalate bringing him to urge dialogue with his opponents who call for his ouster.

Despite the presence of U.N. peacekeepers, and French and regional forces backing Malian troops, extremist groups continue to mount attacks, killing hundreds of soldiers. Those losses prompt criticism of Keita's handling of the crisis.

August 18, 2020 - Soldiers detain Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse after surrounding the presidential residence and firing into the air.

August 19, 2020 - Keita resigns. Soldiers calling themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, led by Col. Assimi Goita, say they are in control and vow they will eventually hand over power to a transitional civilian government but give no timeline.

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