Political chaos persists in Mali’s capital Bamako following a military coup in March 2012. Political parties have failed to reach a sustainable agreement despite international pressure, mainly from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). But in the rebel-controlled north of the divided country, two factions, one with strong links to Al Qaeda, cannot agree on the creation of an Islamic republic.

INTERNATIONAL pressure has forced the military junta in Mali to abandon its political pretensions and hand back power to a civilian government.

The military seized power and removed President Amadou Toumani Toure in a coup led by Captain Amadou Sanogo on March 21,...

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Professor Jaime Nogueira Pinto
The MNLA is driven by its identity and its determination to create an independent political state of Tuareg people. Ansar Dine is a religiously motivated group with a goal to strictly impose and propagate sharia law with no defined geographic boundaries
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