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Yearbook 1999

Mali. According to Countryaah official website, fewer natural resources, water scarcity and unclear ownership of the land are believed to have been behind fighting between Arabs and the Kinta people in northeastern Mali in June and October. Dozens of people were reported to have been killed on both occasions. The conflict has been exacerbated by the fact that large quantities of weapons are still in operation after the civil war between Tuareggerilla and the army that ended in 1996.

1999 Mali

In August, the International Monetary Fund approved a three-year loan of around SEK half a billion to support the government's economic reforms. About a dozen senior executives were dismissed at about the same time. the customs and tax authorities as part of the fight against corruption. Assessors saw the dismissals as an attempt by the government to qualify Mali for the World Bank's debt amortization program.

Former dictator Moussa Traoré and his wife and brother-in-law were sentenced in January to death for embezzlement. All of the later death sentences were transformed into lifetime penalties by President Alpha Oumar Konaré. It was the second time Konaré saved his representative's life. Traoré was sentenced to death in 1997 for the shooting deaths of protesters in 1991. That punishment was also converted to life.

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