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Mali rebels claim independent state in Sahara region

3 years agoNews : The Coming Crisis

(CNN) -- Separatist rebels who recently captured large areas of Mali's vast Sahara region in the north of the country have declared independence for a region they call Azawad. The declaration was made in a statement posted online by the Secretary General of the Azawad National Liberation Movement.The claim of independence follows "more than 50 years of corruption and poor governance with the complicity of the army and the politicians, putting people's lives at risk in Azawad," the MNLA said.
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