African leaders, French president gather in Malian capital to celebrate new leader Keita

Published September 19, 2013

| Associated Press

African leaders and the French president are arriving in the Malian capital to mark the inauguration of Mali's new president.

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is holding a celebration Thursday to mark his inauguration as the first elected president following last year's coup.

French President Francois Hollande and the presidents of Senegal, Gabon and Chad are among those scheduled to attend.

French officials say Hollande is expected to encourage Malians to open a new page after a difficult period that brought the country to the brink of ruin.

France led a military intervention to oust radical jihadists from power in northern Mali who took hold of the region after a March 2012 coup.

While in Bamako, the leaders are also expected to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Central African Republic.

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