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Vol 53 No 8

Published 13th April 2012


Mali

The north and south of it

Tensions in Bamako ease as Sanogo withdraws but increase in the north as the rebels fall out

After regional leaders called his bluff with financial sanctions and threats of military action, putsch leader Captain Amadou Sanogo beat as dignified a retreat from power as he could muster on 8 April. He tried hard to make the deal mediated by regional officials as ambiguous as possible and has already spoken of his political ambitions. He is desperately trying to carve out a role in the delicate transition period before general elections.

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