Ex-combatants will be merged in "two tranches of 13,000" fighters, says junta-appointed government, a move billed to help restructure the national army and better represent northern Tuareg region.
French military intervention in 2013 halted militant insurgency but the operation later turned into a de facto partition of the African country, PM Choguel Kokalla Maiga says.
Interim Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga has said that the imposed sanctions weakened the state, adding that a response strategy has been formulated against them.
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