Mali Interim President Beaten, Taken to Hospital

Posted May 21st, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali's interim president has been rushed to a hospital after being attacked by protesters who entered the presidential palace.

VOA correspondent Anne Look in Bamako reports that interim president Dioncounda Traore was taken away in an ambulance after the incident Monday.

The extent of Mr. Traore's injuries was unknown.

Look reports the protesters forced their way into the presidential palace after Mr. Traore met with three delegates from a demonstration that took place in Bamako Monday.

The demonstrators were protesting an agreement that would allow Mr. Traore to stay in power past a constitutional deadline Tuesday.

Mali has suffered through weeks of political turmoil since military officers seized power in a coup March 22.