Gold Producers On The Edge As Touareg Rebellion Forces Coup In Mali

Overrun by a Touareg separatist rebellion and an increasing threat from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the government of Mali has been overthrown in a coup d’état by mutinous soldiers who seized the presidential palace on 21 March and installed a transitional council, promising to hand over power after new elections. On some level, this is partly fall-out from the conflict in Libya, from whence Touareg rebels who fought alongside Gaddafi returned home new empowered and emboldened. The Touareg are seeking independence for the…

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