Donors pledge $4bn for Mali’s reconstruction

More than $4bn (£2.6bn) has been pledged to help rebuild Mali, at an international donor conference.

French President Francois Hollande, co-chair of the Brussels conference, said rich country pledges had exceeded the $2.5bn anticipated.

Mali’s president said the world had “unanimously moved in the direction of Mali”.

The conference is the first since France sent troops to oust Islamist rebels from northern Mali in January.

Mali’s government has a 4.3bn-euro plan for “a total relaunch of the country”.

It includes rebuilding government institutions and the military, repairing damaged infrastructure, organising presidential elections, holding dialogue with rebel groups in the north and stimulating the economy…

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