According to the Los Angeles Times, Tuareg rebels in Mali who recently captured northern Mali declared that territory an independent state on Friday.
The Tuareg’s declaration of independence of the “state,” which the rebels call Azawad, was immediately rejected by France, Mali’s former colonial power, the African Union and European Union.
The Tuareg rebels, officially known as the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, began to seize the land days after the military coup that ousted president last month. On Thursday, they declared a ceasefire and announced they had captured Azawad, which they see as their homeland, according to the article.
“Mali remains effectively partitioned,” according to the article. The military junta, which took power during the coup last month, is weak and does not have the power to reverse the Tuareg’s advancement. The coup occurred because military officials were outraged that the president failed to supply them with adequate equipment to fight the Tuareg.
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