Malian PM visits former rebel stronghold of Kidal

Mali's Prime Minister Boubou Cisse was in the northern town of Kidal on Wednesday, making a highly symbolic visit three weeks after the army returned to the former rebel-held bastion.

His arrival in the town, which had become emblematic of the government’s failure to control large part of the country, is hoped to signal the fact that the government is reasserting authority over its vast territory.

Before their return last month, Malian soldiers had not set foot in Kidal since 2014 after suffer…

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