Mali: President names new government ahead of peace talks

| January 19, 2015

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Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has approved a new government, the third since he took power less than two years ago.

Mali is still recovering from a period of turbulence following a 2012 struggle with militia linked to al Qaeda. The incursion prompted a French military intervention in 2013.

New peace talks with separatists in the north of the country are scheduled for later this month. There have been four uprisings against the central government in the last five decades in the northern region, named Azawad by the native Tuaregs. The separatists are seeking independence or some form of self-rule.

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