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As Sandaki of Musa II
During the reign of Mansa Musa II, the empire was run by the court's sandaki ("high counselor"). Sandaki Mari Djata, who had no relation to the famous founder of the same name, proved an apt if not ruthless leader. He launched a military campaign to put down rebellions in the eastern section of the empire that met with mixed results. At the same time, he imprisoned the mansa for attempting to take back his authority.
Usurpation of Maghan II
When Mansa Musa II died in 1387, the throne went to his brother Maghan II. Sandaki Mari Djata refused to give up power and killed him. From 1389 to 1390, Sandaka Mari Djata ruled Mali as the second of two non-Keita monarchs in the empire's history.
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