Mali coup leader unveils cabinet

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The Independent Online

Interim leaders have announced a new government, months after a military coup unleashed political chaos that allowed an Islamist takeover of the north and forced half a million people from their homes.

The government has 31 ministers, including five close to the coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo, who nominally handed over power to a civilian interim government months ago but still has not completely relinquished control.

None of the ministers in the new government is closely linked to the democratically elected President who was ousted in March.