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Once home to several pre-colonial empires, the landlocked, arid West African country of Mali is one of the largest on the continent.
For centuries, its northern city of Timbuktu was a key regional trading post and centre of Islamic culture. After independence from France inMali suffered droughts, rebellions, a coup and 23 years of military dictatorship until democratic elections in InFrance intervened militarily upon the government's request following the capture of the town of Konna and its troops overran Islamist strongholds. Authorities agreed a United Nations-sponsored ceasefire with Tuareg separatists inbut parts of the country remain tense, with Tuareg rebels sporadically active.
Meanwhile, a jihadist insurgency in Mali's north and central regions continues.
Mali is renowned worldwide for having produced some of the stars of African music, most notably Salif Keita. West African leaders have expressed concern over the lack of opposition and civilian representation in the planned month transition to elections.
Mali has struggled with mass protests over corruption, electoral probity, and a jihadist insurgency that has made much of the north and east ungovernable. The media environment in Bamako and the south is relatively open, but the presence of armed militant groups in the north poses dangers for media workers, says Freedom House. Radio is the leading medium. There are hundreds of stations, run by the state as well as by private operators. Some key dates in Mali's history:.
Late 16th century - Moroccans defeat the Songhai, make Timbuktu their capital and rule until their decline in the 18th century. It becomes a one-party, socialist state. France intervenes militarily and recaptures key towns from the rebels. Presidency of Mali.
But this prominence has long since faded. Read full media profile. Read full timeline. Related Topics.
Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Related Internet Links. Mali Web.What is a mali
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