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Mali junta vows to establish 18-month transition govt as opponents cry foul

Mali’s military junta on Saturday vowed to establish an 18-month transition government to return the country to civilian rule after last month’s coup, but key figures protested the army’s continued influence. A junta-appointed committee adopted a “transition charter” by acclamation at the close of talks on the handover of power, a move that paves the
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Mali junta opens talks on power handover

Mali’s military junta began talks with opposition groups on Saturday on its promise to hand power back to civilians, after mounting pressure from neighbouring countries in the weeks since it overthrew the nation’s leader. The West African country has long been plagued by instability, a simmering jihadist revolt, ethnic violence and endemic corruption, prompting a
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