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Mali's future interim President meets coup leader

04-10-2012 07:57 BJT

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Mali's speaker of parliament Dioncounda Traore met with the Junta leader Amadou Sanogo, ahead of a planned power handover ceremony. Traore is set to take over the leadership of the country until a vote is organized and held to elect a new president following last month’s coup.

The meeting between the coup leader Amadou Sanogo and the parliament speaker Dioncounda Traore finally took place after days of speculation. The speaker has been camping in the capital since saturday when the first breakthrough was reached after the meeting the speaker left without uttering a word. Traore is set to be the countries interim leader until elections are held to replace the ousted leader whose term was set to end this month.

Mali's speaker of parliament Dioncounda Traore (R, with glasses) stands next to
Captain Amadou Sanogo (C) after they met at the Kati military barracks outside

The ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure has since handed over his resignation to ECOWAS on Sunday weeks after he was over thrown by the military who justified their takeover by denouncing what they said was the former government’s failure to suppress the Tuareg rebellion.

ECOWAS has lifted the sanctions against Mali and pledged to help in fighting the rebels. Earlier in the morning a group of Malians held a peaceful demonstration in the capital Bamako calling on the fellow citizens to fight for their country.

The group organized by a local civil society organization says they will not accept Mali to be divided. Malians have rejected the new state Azawad created by the Tuareg rebels in the North.

The situation remains fluid and unpredictable in Mali. The north is the most volatile with reports of kidnappings and violence.




Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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