[QODLink]
Africa
Mali's interim president returns home
Traore says he forgives those who assaulted him as he returned from Paris after recuperating from his wounds.
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 19:38
Traore was attacked in his office by a mob protesting his appointment for a 12-month transition period [EPA]

Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore has returned to Bamako after two months in Paris recovering from a violent attack by opponents to his appointment.

Traore, 70, said on Friday he forgives those who assaulted him in his office.

"I forgive my attackers," he said at Bamako airport. "The Malian people are going through a very difficult period, starved for unity. I will apply myself to that," he said, adding he would address the nation on Sunday.

Security was tight, with armed, masked men posted on roofs as Traore's plane landed.

He was welcomed by Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra. Ex-junta leader Captain Amadou Sanogo, who led a March 22 coup, was also present.

The 70-year-old interim president was inaugurated on April 12 after the putschists handed power over to civilians. He was attacked in his office by a mob protesting his appointment on May 21, the eve of the official start of a 12-month transition period for a return to democratic rule.

Two days later Traore left for Paris to seek medical treatment, where he has been since as his country has plunged
deeper into chaos.

Diarra is trying to cobble together a unity government by July 31 on orders from regional mediators to better deal with the occupation of the country's vast north by groups looking to create a state independent from the rule of Bamako.

Burkinabe Foreign Minister Djibrill Bassole, who has been involved in mediation efforts, said on Friday that if Traore needed more time to form the inclusive government "he can approach his fellow heads of state".

261

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
The seizure of the Tabqa airbase highlights the Islamic State's consolidation of power in eastern Syria, analysts say.
Traditional spring festival blossoms outside India through fun runs, raves and TV commercials.
Parents unable to look after children are marrying them off at a tender age, exposing them to maternal deaths.
New measures needed as dozens of citizens fighting with Islamic State pose home-grown terror threat, PM Abbott says.
Israel has re-arrested dozens of Palestinians in the West Bank, an act a human rights group says is 'unjustified'.
join our mailing list