Armed groups in Northern Mali have agreed on the return of interim authorities to towns there next week. The government says the agreement between rival armed groups and the government was reached on Friday. Most government posts in the northern region have been empty since extremists usurped them in 2012. The interim authorities will now instated in the towns of Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu in the coming days. They are expected to remain there until regional elections. And also oversee disarmament and the return of fighters to barracks. The deal ends months of squabbling and raises hope that the UN-backed peace deal will be more effectively implemented.
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