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Mali’s coup leader: ‘Coup isn’t a nice word’

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Just over one year after Captain Amadou Sanogo staged a military coup to take leadership of the vast West African nation of Mali, he has granted an interview to Der Spiegel magazine. Sanogo’s year in office has not gone very well: rebels in the country’s north, some of them Islamists and some of them ethnic Tuareg who had long sought their own country, took advantage of the chaos to seize entire regions of the country. French troops were able to expel the rebels, but Sanogo is under strong international pressure to allow democracy to return to Mali. In other words, he’s not on anybody’s short-list for leader of the year.

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