Explainer: Mali’s nuclear power plans — a pipe dream?
08 November 2023 | 5:53 pm
Mali has announced plans to build several nuclear power plants in cooperation with Russian energy firm Rosatom. But is such an undertaking feasible?
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Mali's junta demanded in June that the MINUSMA force withdraw from the West African country after a decade-long deployment. The mission was created to quell separatist and Islamist insurgencies in northern Mali.
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