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Vol 55 No 11

Published 30th May 2014


Mali

IBK ducks the blame for Kidal

The army’s defeat by the MNLA has dramatically altered the balance of forces, damaged the President’s reputation and angered the UN

The Malian army suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Tuareg rebels at the northern town of Kidal on 21 May and the aftershocks are taking a heavy political toll. The international community has been shocked by what it sees as the incompetence of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK) and has lost practically all confidence in him.

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