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Azawad’s Declaration of Independence Without Exercising the Right to Self-Determination (Referendum) Draws Rejection

Here are news stories of the newest African state of Azawad, where rebels declared independence without administrating a referendum to exercise the right to self-determination of the Tuareg people.

BBC: Mali Tuareg rebels declare independence in the north
“The absence of a referendum to prove a popular mandate …”

Foreign Policy: Can Azawad win international recognition?
“As far as I can tell, there is no legal basis, or indeed a particularly strong political basis for the establishment of a new state.”

Al Jazeera: Tuaregs claim ‘independence’ from Mali

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