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Dioncounda Traore, left, Mali's parliamentary head who was forced into exile after last month's coup, sits with junta representatives including spokesman Lt. Amadou Konare, third right, in Bamako, Mali Saturday, April 7, 2012. Traore's return comes after coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo signed an accord late Friday, agreeing to return the nation to constitutional rule. Mali's constitution says that in the event that the president of the republic is unable to carry out his functions, the head of the assembly becomes interim president for a transitional period until new elections are held.(AP Photo/Rukmini Callimachi)

Mali's president resigns

Mali's President Amadou Toumani Toure resigned on Sunday, paving the way for the soldiers who ousted him in a coup to stick by a deal to restore civilian rule and hand power to the president of the National Assembly.