State of emergency in Mali due to expire on October 31st

The state of emergency in Mali due to expire on October 31st will be extended for another year. The decision for the extension was announced after a cabinet meeting, and it comes as a delegation of ambassadors from members of the UN Security Council is visiting the region. The UN delegation's 5-day visit to Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso comes in response to a plea by Malian foreign affairs minister Abdoulaye Diop earlier this month to the UN Security Council for the creation of a new international regional security force to fight terrorism. For more on this, Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Andrea de Georgio, a freelance journalist based in the Malian capital Bamako..
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