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Vol 55 No 1

Published 10th January 2014


Mali

Reconciliation and repression

Preventing ethnic conflict will be a major priority, but special interests threaten to interfere

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has passed the key electoral tests. He holds a decisive presidential mandate and the National Assembly is in place (AC Vol 54 No 17, IBK's agenda). Yet massive challenges to his leadership lie ahead, not least the temptation for elites to slip back into the old ways of patronage. The arrest of coup-maker General Amadou Haya Sanogo should see one awkward political obstacle out of the way, but plenty more remain.

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