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Forced abroad by beating, Mali leader to return

Dioncounda Traore became interim president on April 12 after a group of middle ranking soldiers toppled Mali`s democratically elected president.



Paris: Diplomatic officials say the Malian president plans to return to Bamako on Thursday, more than two months after he was beaten by protesters in his office and sought medical treatment in France.

An official, who spoke today on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly about the matter, says President Dioncounda Traore "has made it understood that he wants to return to Bamako by the end of this week."

The official said the president, who planned to leave tomorrow, did not ask for security assistance from France once in Mali.
Traore became interim president on April 12 after a group of middle ranking soldiers toppled Mali`s democratically elected president. His unexpected departure in May left a dangerous power vacuum in the West African nation.

PTI

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