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Mali extends state of emergency for 3 months

French soldiers prepare ammunitions at a military airbase in the Malian capital Bamako on January 16, 2013.

French soldiers prepare ammunitions at a military airbase in the Malian capital Bamako on January 16, 2013.

The Malian government has extended a nationwide state of emergency for three months.

The government issued a statement on Monday, saying the state of emergency had to be extended because of “the need to install a peaceful social climate throughout the country,” AFP reported.

The decision was taken on the same day that Malian forces, aided by the French military, retook control of the central towns of Diabaly and Douentza.

Malian President Dioncounda Traore declared the state of emergency on January 12, two days after the Malian fighters took Malian the central town of Konna, threatening the Malian capital Bamako.

The state of emergency prohibits public gatherings and rallies, or anything that can disrupt public order.

On January 11, France launched a war under the pretext of halting the advance of the fighters in Mali.

Chaos broke out in Mali after President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22, 2012. The coup leaders said they mounted the coup in response to the government’s inability to contain the Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country, which had been going on for two months.

However, in the wake of the coup d’état, the Tuareg rebels took control of the entire northern desert region, but the Ansar Dine fighters then pushed them aside and took control of the region, which is larger than France or Texas.

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