Mali President Resigns; West Africa Sighs With Relief

Amadou Toumani Toure steps down after military coup

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 8, 2012 2:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – A military coup in Mali is becoming a more orderly transfer of power and drawing support from the nation's rather nervous West African neighbors, Al Jazeera reports. About two weeks after a military coup, President Amadou Toumani Toure has agreed to step aside for parliament speaker Diouncounda Traore to take his place and help organize elections. In return, regional countries have agreed to end sanctions and, if needed, help fight a rebel insurgency in northeastern Mali.

But Mali's army leader seemed to bristle at the notion of receiving military help from his neighbors. "We have to sit and talk," he said. "If they want to help us it should be according to our needs."

Malian military junta leader captain Amadou Sanogo speaks on April 3, 2012 at Kati military camp near Bamako.
Malian military junta leader captain Amadou Sanogo speaks on April 3, 2012 at Kati military camp near Bamako.   (Getty Images)
Mali Amadou Toumani Toure speaks to the press as he arrives at the Presidential Palace before a meeting with his Indian counterpart in new Delhi on January 11, 2012.
Mali Amadou Toumani Toure speaks to the press as he arrives at the Presidential Palace before a meeting with his Indian counterpart in new Delhi on January 11, 2012.   (Getty Images)
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