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Mali soldiers take control of government, suspend constitution

The president of Mali was removed from office on Wednesday after Malian soldiers took control of the government and suspended the constitution. After removing President Amadou Toumani Toure [Al Jazeera profile], the soldiers announced the suspension of the constitution and a national curfew. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] said [statement] that he was "following [the events in Mali] with deep concern." In a statement [text] from the the White House, the US called for the "immediate restoration" of the Malian constitution.

Mali has experienced military turmoil since Taureg rebels began attacking Malian soldiers [Al Jazeera report] in January. Early this month the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [official website] said that more than 80,000 people had fled Mali [press release] to escape the fighting. In February, the UNHCR appealed for additional funds and resources [report, PDF] to deal with the crisis, after Ban expressed concern [statement] about the growing number of refugees in the region.

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