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Topic - Amadou Haya
Soldiers arrested Mali's prime minister and forced him to resign before dawn on Tuesday, showing that the military remains the real power in this troubled West Africa nation, even though officers made a show of handing back authority to a civilian-led government after a coup in March.
The main opposition parties in Mali said they will not take part in a national convention being organized by the military officers who seized control of the country in last month's coup.
The junior officer who overthrew Mali's democratically elected leader last month and dissolved the nation's constitution made a public U-turn on Sunday, declaring amid enormous international pressure that he was reinstating the 1992 constitution and planning to hold elections.
"It was stopped by people from the Yerewoloton group who invaded the airport," he said, naming the civilian organization believed to be backed by Sanogo.
Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo added that he would organize a national convention to agree on a transitional government that will organize free and fair elections.