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Capital: Bamako
Latitude: 12.39
Longitude: 8.00
Area, sq. mi: 478,841
Location: West Africa

Life expectancy: 47 (male) 49 (female)
Rain fall average: Rainfall averages 140 cm (55 in)
Language: French
Religion: Islam
Government: Semi Presidential RepublicIndependence: September 22, 1960.Natural resources: gold, phosphates, kaolin, salt, limestone, uranium, gypsum, granite, hydropower, bauxite, iron ore, manganese, tin, and copper.
First Verse: A ton appel Mali
Pour ta prospéritéFidèle à ton destinNous serons tous unisUn Peuple un But une FoiPour une Afrique UnieSecond Verse:Pour l'Afrique et pour toi, Mali,Notre drapeau sera liberté.Pour l'Afrique et pour toi, Mali,Notre combat sera unité.Ô Mali d'aujourd'huiÔ Mali de demainLes champs fleurissent d'espéranceLes cœurs vibrent de confiance.
Translated to:At your call, Mali for your prosperity Loyal towards your density we will be all united,One people, one struggle, one faith,For African unity For Africa and for you, Mali,Our banner shall be liberty.
For Africa and for you, Mali,Our fight shall be for unity.Oh, Mali of today,Oh, Mali of tomorrow,The fields are flowering with hope And hearts are thrilling with confidence.

Economy- Mali is the 10th poorest nation in the world. Mali's only weath comes from mining and the production of agricultural commodities, livestock, and fish. Agricultural activities occupy 70% of Mali's labor force and provide about 33% of the GDP. Cotton, gold, and livestock made up 90% of total export earnings in Mali in 2006. The most productive agricultural area lies along the banks of the Niger River between Bamako and Mopti and extends south to the borders of Guinea.

Government- Under Mali's 1992 constitution, the president is chief of state and commander in chief of the armed forces. The president is elected to a 5-year term, with a limit of two terms. The National Assembly is the sole legislative arm of the government,currently consists of 147 members.

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