Captain Amadou Sanogo, who led a coup that overthrew president Amadou Toumani Touré in March 2012, has been promoted to four-star general, Mali's army said Wednesday. Sanogo remains influential despite a return to civilian leadership last year.
Mali heads to the polls on July 28 in the first presidential election since last year’s coup and subsequent jihadist takeover of the north. Security risks and problems with voter lists are just some of the challenges facing the historic poll.
In the lead-up to Mali's July 28 presidential poll, campaigning has reached a fever pitch in the eastern Parisian suburb of Montreuil, also known as "Little Bamako". But France's Malian immigrants know there are challenges ahead.
Campaigns for Mali’s anxiously awaited presidential election officially began on Sunday. But doubts persist about whether or not the divided west African nation is ready to hold the vote after an 18-month political crisis.
After forcing out the prime minister, it's clear that the military's still running the show in Bamako. So how does the outside world flush out jihadist radicals in the north when Mali's own army prefers to play politics in the safety of the capital?
In the course of an eventful life, Iyad Ag Ghali, head of the al Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine, has been a rebel, diplomat, negotiator and Islamist militant. In his latest avatar, he could also now determine the future of northern Mali.
Clashes broke out in northern Mali Friday between separatist group MNLA and their sometime-allies, the Islamists Ansar Dine, after the two fell out over forming a breakaway state in the desert region they control, raising fears of widening chaos.
Mali was once again rocked by violence on Monday night. The clashes were apparently sparked by an attempt by forces loyal to the military leaders responsible for the recent coup to arrest the former head of the presidential guard. The junta says soldiers loyal to the ousted president have now attempted a counter-coup, just over a month after the former government was toppled.