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Mali : Coup Leader Steps Down as Tuaregs Enter Timbuktu

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Mali, Breaking News, International Relations, Politics, War & Conflict

As Junta leader Sanogo announces that he vows to “re-establish, from today, the Malian constitution of Feb. 25, 1992 and the institutions of the republic” [1], and set up a transition body with Malian political parties, Tuareg rebels claim to have control over the town of Kidal and have entered Gao and Timbuktu [2]. Africa Nova writes that the army has fled Timbutku and that the main traders there are negotiating with rebels to prevent pillages [3] [fr].