Cops, protesters conflict in Mali amid transition talks

Bamako, September 10

The police fired tear fuel to disperse campaigners for civilian rule earlier than substantive talks over Mali’s political future started on Thursday, an indication of a deepening rift over who ought to lead the post-coup transitional authorities.

About 100 supporters of the M5-RFP coalition, which led months of mass demonstrations in opposition to deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, clashed with police on the entrance to the convention centre, delaying the beginning of the talks. The junta that toppled Keita on August 18 desires the transitional authorities to be lead by the navy. — Reuters

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