Mali presidential election to go to second round

Mali, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has urged Malians who voted for him to turn out for a second round next week while his run-off opponent Soumaila Cisse called on parties to forge a broad democratic front against the incumbent. Mali‘s incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will seek a second five-year term by contesting an August 12 runoff. Mali presidential election will go to the second round after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita wins 41 percent and rival Soumaila Cisse wins 17 percent – election commission

Keita won 41.4 per cent of votes in the first round of voting in the sprawling, landlocked African nation, easily ahead of Cisse with 17.8 per cent. The second round will be held on the 12th of next month.

The first round, held on Sunday, was marred by sporadic violence and threats from armed groups that led to several hundred polling stations being closed, mainly in the lawless central region.

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