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Members of Gao's much reduced municipal council meet on March 12,... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Awe,Conflict,Event,Gao Region,Government,Horizontal,Mali,Organized Group,Reduction,Residential BuildingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMembers of Gao's much reduced municipal council meet on March 12, 2013 during an extraordinary session at one of the member's residence in Gao. Usually numbering 29, the council is now reduced to 11 with many members still staying away from the city. On the day's agenda were items such as the reopening of the city's main food market, and how to resume collecting revenue from traders there. Gao had about 90,000 inhabitants, but the Malian charity Tassaght estimates that around 80 percent fled the Islamist invasion. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)