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Mali lifts state of emergency in place since January

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Mali lifted a nearly six-month state of emergency on Saturday, the eve of the start of a presidential campaign for a July 28 election in the troubled west African nation, the security ministry said.  

Members of the security forces hold up UN caps and insignia outside Timbuktu airport. Mali has lifted a five-month state of emergency, on the eve of the start of a presidential election campaign for July 28 polls in the troubled west African nation.

The removal of the state of emergency marks a gradual return to normality in Mali, a once stable democracy emerging from some 18 months of political crisis and conflict.

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