Interim authorities installed in Mali's former rebel bastions

2017-03-03 08:30


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bamako - Interim authorities for Mali's troubled northern regions of Gao and Menaka were installed Thursday in a step toward improving security enough to allow local elections in former rebel strongholds.

Mali's north fell under the control of Tuareg-led rebels and jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda in 2012. The Islamists sidelined the rebels to take sole control.

Although they were largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013, implementation of a 2015 peace accord has been piecemeal but the long-delayed installation of interim authorities is a key step.

Djibrila Maiga took charge as the head of the interim authority in Gao, which the Tuareg rebels had named their capital, while Abdoul Wahab Ag Ahmed Mohamed was invested as the top official in Menaka.

The creation of interim bodies in five northern regions is scheduled for this week.

There had been rumblings of discontent over the choice of the interim officials and some armed men had taken over a government building earlier in Gao this week where the investiture ceremony was due to be held. But they vacated it after mediation by local leaders.

Abdoul Wahab Ag Ahmed Mohamed, the head of the interim authority at Menaka, underscored the need for "security and social cohesion" and the return of rule of law.

The authorities will represent local people until security improves sufficiently to allow local elections.

They will also look to aid thousands of displaced people, who fled their homes during the unrest, to return.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  mali  |  west africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.