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Population: 15.8 million (UN, 2011)
Mali is one of the world's poorest nations. Since independence from France in 1960,
it has suffered droughts, rebellions, a coup and 23 years of military dictatorship.
But since 1992, when its first democratically-elected president took power, Mali has had a civilian government.