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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 01:29 AM

Renegade Mali soldiers announce takeover

Source: BBC

22 March 2012 Last updated at 01:56 ET

Rebel troops have appeared on Malian state TV to announce they have seized control of the country, hours after attacking the presidential palace.

The rebels said that a nationwide curfew was in force and that the constitution had been suspended.

The renegade troops had staged a mutiny on Wednesday, trading gunfire with soldiers loyal to the government.

The mutineers say the government is not giving them enough arms to tackle a rebellion by ethnic Tuaregs.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17462111

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:33 AM

1. Soldiers overthrow government in Mali

Soldiers overthrow government in Mali
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BAMAKO, Mali (AP) Mutinying soldiers in Mali took over the state television and announced that they had seized control of the government, saying the action was necessary because of the mishandling of an insurgency in the north.

The spokesman for the soldiers, Lt. Amadou Konare, said in a communique that they had taken the country's security in their own hands "due to the inability of the government to give the armed forces the necessary means to defend the integrity of our national territory."

A soldier at the presidential palace who asked not to be named because he feared reprisal said that the presidential guard had failed to defend the palace against the renegade soldiers. They have seized control of the seat of government, but could not find democratically elected leader President Amadou Toumani Toure, who is in hiding.


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