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Behind the causes of the coup in Mali—and what happens next

On top of potential election fraud and crackdowns by security forces, the former government had bungled its response to ethnic-religious violence

File photo of Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita during his meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on February 2, 2017. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says Canada condemns the junta that forced Mali's president from power this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Denis Allard/Pool/ABACAPRESS.COM

What appears to have started as a mutiny, and resulted in a coup, came on the heels of renewed civilian protests in Bamako, the Malian capital. Tensions have been high since president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s 2018 re-election which was marred by irregularities. All the while, he has continued to face allegations of corruption and fraud.

On Tuesday, August 18, reports of mutinying soldiers firing into…

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