Malian Opposition Leader Freed After Govt Releases Prisoners

A prominent Malian opposition leader, a French aid worker and two Italian hostages have been released, Mali's government has confirmed. They were freed in exchange for close to 200 militants who were in government custody, reports say. Malian politician Soumaila Cisse was abducted after his vehicle was ambushed in March this year. His release comes weeks after his rival, former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was overthrown by the military junta in August this year. The country is currently functioning under a transitional civilian government.

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File photo of Soumaïla Cissé during the 2013 presidential electoral campaign in Mali.

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