The Tuareg rebels have forced the army out of several northern towns in recent months.

However, the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), Governing Council left a sluice gate for popular uprisings when it offered to “work with” the Governments of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya where governments were overthrown by civilians.

The army in Mali, led by US-trained soldier Captain Amadou Sanogo, overthrew the government of President Amadou Toumani Toure on March 21, 2012.

The soldiers were unhappy with the way President Amadou Toumani Toure’s government had been handling a Tuareg insurgency in the north.

The Tuareg rebels have forced the army out of several northern towns in recent months and on Thursday attacked the town of Kidal.

Meanwhile, the coup leaders have unveiled a new constitution as well as announcing elections in which those who took part in the coup would be barred from standing. However, no date has yet been set.

Under a new constitution, a transitional committee composed of 26 members of the security forces and 15 civilians would take power.

Those who serve on the committee will be given immunity from prosecution.

Some of the document is similar to Mali’s current constitution, including guarantees of freedom of speech, thought and movement.

Mr Toure, widely known as ATT, said on Wednesday that he remained in the country, free and in good health.

By Henry Mukasa, The New Vision

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