Coalition for the People of Azawad (CPA)

On 18 March 2014, increased tensions within the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) resulted in the formation of a new rebel movement: the Coalition for the People of Azawad (CPA). The CPA is referred to as a “politico-military” organization and is claimed to have “nearly 8,000 veteran fighters”. The formation statement pledges the CPA’s commitment to negotiations with the Mali government and to fight terrorism and transnational crime in the Azawad region.  The CPA is led by its chairperson, Ibrahim ag Muhammad Assaleh (former external affairs representative of the MNLA) and a bureau of 32 members, comprised of primarily Tuareg leaders notwithstanding the movement’s claims to represent a broad spectrum of individuals from the Tuareg, Arab, Fulani and Songhai communities of northern Mali.Centre of OperationsThe CPA is primarily active in the Azawad region:

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