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Mali’s president resigns after coup | guardian.co.uk

The president of Mali, Amadou Toumani Touré, resigned on Sunday, and the soldiers who ousted him in a coup promised to hand power to the president of the National Assembly.

Neighbouring states meeting to discuss turmoil in the north of the country, one of the main reasons for the military’s deposal of Touré, differed over whether to crush the northern rebels, a mix of Tuareg separatists and Islamists with links to al-Qaida, or negotiate with them.

The twin crises – a coup in the capital and the rebel seizure of the north – have threatened Mali’s reputation for democracy and widened a security void that countries fear will exacerbate regional instability, terrorism and smuggling.

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