Mali – calm returns to capital Bamako after coup

AL JAZEERA

Life in the Malian capital Bamako is slowly returning to normal after mutinous soldiers seized power, toppling the democratically elected government of President Ahmed Toumani Toure.

Fuel stations and market stalls reopened on Sunday after a decrease in the gunfire and looting that followed Wednesday’s overnight coup.

The military junta that ousted Toure has ordered all soldiers back to barracks, but rebels in the country’s north exploiting the coup have been pushing towards three northern towns, the Reuters news agency reported.

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“Compared to those other days, things are calm. We can get on with our lives a bit,” Bouba Traore, a Bamako resident, said while sipping tea with friends under a tree.

“I’m not sure we can say it is completely normal though. We’ll have to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday for that.”

Traffic police returned to busy intersections and workers were back on building sites for the first time in days.  Read more…


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