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Mali army enters Kidal under peace deal ahead of polls | BBC News

Mali’s army has re-entered the rebel-held town of Kidal as part of efforts to improve security before the presidential election, officials say.

Tuareg rebels captured Kidal after a French-led offensive forced militant Islamists out in February.

But the rebels agreed in June to allow troops into the northern town as part of a peace deal.

The occupation of Kidal had been a major obstacle to organising the presidential election, due on 28 July.

Around 200 Malian soldiers and police are believed to have arrived in the town on Friday.

“This is a peaceful, coordinated arrival- everything is going well,” military spokesman Souleymane Maiga told news agency Agence France-Presse.

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