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In Pictures: Life in Mali after the coup
Disgruntled soldiers chased away the defence minister then put an end to President Toure's "incompetent" rule in March.
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2012 06:51

Bamako, Mali - Recalcitrant soldiers chased out the visiting Malian defence minister from their barracks and then took over state television to deliver a message on March 22.

They were upset with the government's handling of the Tuareg rebellion in the north. Introducing themselves as the "National Committee for the Re-establishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State", the soldiers would put an end to President Amadou Toumani Touré's "incompetent" rule.

The military coup, and the subsequent void of authority in the south, proved disastrous for Mali's northern territories. Tuareg rebels and other groups linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb quickly took control of the key northern cities Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal, splitting the country in two.

While the junta officially conceded power to a transitional civilian government, six months later there are still serious doubts as to who wields political power and controls the media in the capital Bamako.

One director of the state television station ORTM, who asked not to be named, said since the coup, "There are things that we can say, but there are certain things that the government will not accept."

Meanwhile, talk of a foreign military intervention to take back the north continues grow. Just recently, the UN Security Council approved a resolution giving regional leaders - including the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union, and the United Nations - 45 days to provide the specifics of their proposed intervention.

Still, the lack of political legitimacy in Mali's south has led to a reluctance on the part of some to support a military operation, especially US officials.

Despite the calls for war, daily life marches on in the country and an uneasy calm reigns - for the moment.


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A crowded market street in Bamako, the capital and Mali's largest city. [Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera]


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The coup and the void of authority in the south has split the country in two.


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A woman relaxes in a simple hair salon in Bamako.


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Al-Qaeda linked rebels have taken control of key northern cities.


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A man cleans the bus station in Bamako.


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An Islamic school resumes lessons in Mopti, 460km northeast of the capital.


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A woman sits in Bandiagara, the latest town taken by Islamists in northern Mali.


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Children play on top of food provided by the United Nations World Food Programme in Mopti.


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A worker collects finished products at a cotton processing plant in Segou.


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A mask seller walks past his display in the Grand Marché area of Bamako.


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News broadcasts continue at state-run TV station ORTM in the capital.


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A family relaxes with relatives in Mopti during a trip from Timbuktu to Bamako.



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