Tens of thousands gather for peace rally in Mali

AFP , Sunday 12 Aug 2012

Up to 60,000 people gathered Sunday for a peace rally in Mali, which was split in two after Islamists wrested control of the vast desert north following a March coup, an AFP reporter said.

The meeting for "national peace and reconciliation" in the main stadium of the capital Bamako was called by the country's top Muslim body and drew several politicians including Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra.

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