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ICC Note: The Malian government has postponed elections indefinitely, due to a rising threat from Islamic jihadists threatening security in the West-African nation. Northern Mali has been saturated by conflict since its independence in 1962. Radical jihadists and local tribes continue to fight for control, resulting in both political and economic instability. Recent reports suggesting Malian Islamists are recruiting from local Fulani groups  highlight the growing threat Mali and its surrounding nations face. Those Islamists involved in Mali and Fulani herdsmen have been linked to multiple attacks on Christian communities across West Africa attempting to create an Islamic Caliphate under strict Sharia Law. 

09/27/2015 Bamako (AFP) – Three months after the completion of a peace deal to end decades of conflict in northern Mali, stability remains an elusive dream undermined by tribal rivalries and internecine power struggles.

 Underlining the turmoil, the government this week announced the indefinite postponement of local elections, pointing to poor security, the absence of government in several areas and a lack of progress on refugee returns.

Divided into rival armed factions, plagued by drug trafficking and at the mercy of jihadism, Mali’s desert north has struggled for stability since the west African nation gained independence in 1960.

The militant Tuareg movement has launched four uprisings since 1962 to fight Mali’s army over the territory they claim as their homeland.

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