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Mali

Background

Mali

The Sudanese Republic and Senegal became independent of France in 1960 as the Mali Federation. When Senegal withdrew after only a few months, what formerly made up the Sudanese Republic was renamed Mali. Rule by dictatorship was brought to a close in 1991 by a military coup - led by the current president Amadou TOURE - enabling Mali's emergence as one of the strongest democracies on the continent. President Alpha KONARE won Mali's first democratic presidential election in 1992 and was reelected in 1997. In keeping with Mali's two-term constitutional limit, KONARE stepped down in 2002 and was succeeded by Amadou TOURE, who was subsequently elected to a second term in 2007. The elections were widely judged to be free and fair.

About

Mali is a landlocked country in the Sahel, bordered by Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal, and Mauritania. Mali is a developing nation, and remains one of the poorest countries in the world. However, it has some incredible sights, including four UNESCO World-Heritage sites. And, of course, there's Timbuktu!

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MaliLaico Hotel L Amitie Bamako 

Avenue De La Marne
Bamako B P 1720
Mali

Price (US$): $233 - $392 / night

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Location. Laico Hotel L Amitie Bamako is a business friendly hotel located in Bamako, close to Bamako Grand Mosque, Palais de la culture Amadou Hampate Ba, and National Museum of Mali. Additional points of interest include Stade 26 mars. Hotel Features. Dining options at Laico Hotel L Amitie Bamako include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also… more »

MaliAzalai Grand Hotel 

Bp 104
Bamako
Mali

Price (US$): $185 - $269 / night

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Location. Azalai Grand Hotel is a business friendly hotel located in central Bamako, close to Bamako Grand Mosque, National Museum of Mali, and Stade 26 mars. Additional points of interest include Palais de la culture Amadou Hampate Ba. Hotel Features. Dining options at Azalai Grand Hotel include a restaurant and a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Recreational amenities include a children's pool and a fitness facility. This 4 star property has a business center and offers… more »

MaliAzalai Hotel Salam 

Bp 104
Bamako
Mali

Price (US$): $265 - $358 / night

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Location. Azalai Hotel Salam is located in central Bamako, close to Palais de la culture Amadou Hampate Ba, Bamako Grand Mosque, and National Museum of Mali. Nearby points of interest also include Stade 26 mars. Hotel Features. Dining options at Azalai Hotel Salam include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a fitness facility. This 4 star property… more »

MaliLAICO Hotel El Farouk Bamako 

Boulevard du 22 Octobre 1946
Bamako BP E 5063
Mali

Price (US$): $189 - $414 / night

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Location. Located in central Bamako, LAICO Hotel El Farouk Bamako is near the airport and close to Palais de la culture Amadou Hampate Ba, Bamako Grand Mosque, and National Museum of Mali. Additional points of interest include Stade 26 mars. Hotel Features. Dining options at LAICO Hotel El Farouk Bamako include 2 restaurants. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a… more »

MaliMande Hotel 

BP 2639
Bamako
Mali

Price (US$): $130 - $131 / night

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Location. Mande Hotel is located in Bamako, close to Palais de la culture Amadou Hampate Ba, Bamako Grand Mosque, and Stade 26 mars. Nearby points of interest also include National Museum of Mali. Hotel Features. Mande Hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 3 star property has a business center. This Bamako property has 3 meeting rooms. The property has a roundtrip airport shuttle, which is complimentary. Guest parking is… more »

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Mali

Full name
Republic of Mali
Capital
Bamako
Location

Western Africa, southwest of Algeria

Geographic coordinates

17 00 N, 4 00 W

Area comparative

slightly less than twice the size of Texas

Border countries

Algeria 1,376 km, Burkina Faso 1,000 km, Guinea 858 km, Cote d'Ivoire 532 km, Mauritania 2,237 km, Niger 821 km, Senegal 419 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

subtropical to arid; hot and dry (February to June); rainy, humid, and mild (June to November); cool and dry (November to February)

Terrain

mostly flat to rolling northern plains covered by sand; savanna in south, rugged hills in northeast

Lowest point

Senegal River 23 m

Highest point

Hombori Tondo 1,155 m

Natural resources

gold, phosphates, kaolin, salt, limestone, uranium, gypsum, granite, hydropower

Population

13,796,354 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Mande 50% (Bambara, Malinke, Soninke), Peul 17%, Voltaic 12%, Songhai 6%, Tuareg and Moor 10%, other 5%

Religions

Muslim 90%, Christian 1%, indigenous beliefs 9%

Languages

French (official), Bambara 80%, numerous African languages

Government type

republic

Independence

22 September 1960 (from France)

National holiday

Independence Day, 22 September (1960)

Chief of state

President Amadou Toumani TOURE (since 8 June 2002)

Head of government

Prime Minister Modibo SIDIBE (since 28 September 2007)

Internet country code

.ml

Internet users

249,800 (2009)

Airports

20 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Koulikoro

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