As Junta leader Sanogo announces that he vows to “re-establish, from today, the Malian constitution of Feb. 25, 1992 and the institutions of the republic”, and set up a transition body with Malian political parties, Tuareg rebels claim to have control over the town of Kidal and have entered Gao and Timbuktu. Africa Nova writes that the army has fled Timbutku and that the main traders there are negotiating with rebels to prevent pillages [fr].