Mali junta sees civilian government “in days”

Mali's interim President Traore arrives at Bamako airportBAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali’s coup leader said on Saturday the junta would hand power to civilians within days in a deal under which neighboring nations agreed to lift sanctions and help tackle Tuareg rebels who have seized much of the north. The March 22 coup by soldiers angry at ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure’s handling of a two-month-old rebellion backfired, emboldening the Tuareg nomads to seize the northern half of Mali and declare an independent state there. …

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