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    Former Malian leader to return from exile Sunday

    APA-Bamako (Mali)

    Mali’s former president Amadou Toumani Toure will on Sunday return from nearly six years exile in Senegal, according to reliable sources close to the former ruler, who led Mali between 2002 and 2012.

    “Amadou Toumani Toure is gearing up for his homecoming,” Nouhoum Togo, Organizing Secretary of the Party for Economic and Social Development (PEDS), the party of Toure’s heirs, told APA.

    Togo insisted that “his return is expected on Sunday at around 12 hours at the airport of Bamako.” A PDES communiqué dated December 17, 2017 confirmed this news.

    “Following a PDES’s request at a press conference held on Saturday December 02, 2017, the President of the Republic, His Excellency El Hadj Ibrahim Boubacar Keita reacted favourably to the return of former President Amadou Toumani Toure.”

    “According to official sources, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has agreed with his younger brother, President Amadou Toumani Toure, to the return of the latter to his country,” the statement added.

    PDES has welcomed this gesture of reconciliation.

    The return will end the sojourn of the former Malian president in Senegal, where he fled to after a coup on March 22, 2012.


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