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Mali's future president meets coup leader


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Mali's future president meets coup leader

The man tasked with overseeing Mali’s return to democratic rule on Monday met with the army captain who seized power more than two weeks ago.

Parliament speaker Dioncounda Traore held talks with Captain Amadou Sanogo in Bamako.

A deal agreed Friday will see Sanogo stand down and Traore take over as interim president.

Their meeting follows the resignation of Amadou Toumani Toure.

The military removed Toure citing frustration at his failure to tackle separatist Tuareg rebels in the north.

The UN says than 200,000 people have fled northern Mali since January, with more than 95,000 people displaced inside the country.
Aid agencies warn of a lack of food, water and medicine.

The Tuareg rebels proclaimed the region of Azawad to be independent from Mali on Friday.

But no country has recognised the rebels’ claim; the African Union called it “null and void.”

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