Mali governor returns to Kidal

The governor of the flashpoint Malian town of Kidal returned to his job on Thursday after more than a yearlong absence, ahead of crucial nationwide elections later this month.

Adama Kamissoko’s reinstatement comes at a time of violent protests in the northeastern rebel stronghold.

Although Tuareg separatists have allowed the Malian army to enter the town as part of a peace deal ahead of the July 28 vote, the situation on the ground is increasingly tense.

“I am happy to be back in my post,” Kamissoko said.

“The priority now is obviously organising the presidential election. I hope everything goes well,” he said, flanked by regional government officials.

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