Mali

Fighting in capital


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Troops loyal to ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure are reportedly fighting with troops from the military junta which launched a coup last month.

Former President Toure is understood to be in Senegal and the junta has put in place an interim government in accordance with an ECOWAS agreement signed several weeks ago. The agreement was to have led to elections taking place in late May, but ECOWAS leaders are believed to have changed their minds and wanted the interim government to remain in power for a year to allow proper elections to be organised.

It is thought that the troops loyal to the former president were attempting to take the international airport to allow ECOWAS troops to land in the country. Fighting has also been reported around the national TV and radio station. Meanwhile rebels in the north of Mali have continued to hold on to the territory they gained earlier this year leaving the country divided both geographically and politically.

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