Deposed Malian president Toure back home after 5 years in exile

Amadou Toure had been in power for a decade when mutiny soldiers, unhappy at the way he was handling the Tuareg rebellion, attacked several installations.

FILE: Deposed Malian president Amadou Toure. Picture: United Nations Photo.

JOHANNESBURG - Deposed Malian president Amadou Toure is back home after five years in exile.

He was welcomed back to the capital Bamako by hundreds of supporters.

Toure had been in power for a decade when mutiny soldiers, unhappy at the way he was handling the Tuareg rebellion, attacked several installations, including a presidential palace state Television and military barracks.

Toure fled into exile in Senegal.

The so-called Islamic State fighters took advantage of the instability in what has been one of Africa’s most stable democracy and took control of half the country.

They were responsible for numerous assesses including mass executions of presidential loyalists.

It took French military intervention to drive them out and a permanent French military presence to keep them away.