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Mali Presidential Election: Keita and Cisse for Runoff Vote

Keita and Cisse to Face Off in Another Runoff Vote Since 2013

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President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali won Sunday’s election but fell short of the more-than-50-per-cent requirement to avoid a rerun.

Failure to win outrightly means that the country will head to another election.

Keita polled 41.4 per cent of the vote, compared to hiss main rival Soumaila Cisse who came second with 17.8 per cent, said  the Ministry of Territorial Administration on Thursday. 

Businessman Aliou Boubacar Diallo came in third with 7.95 per cent.

In the fourth position was former NASA employee Cheick Modibo Diarra who got 7.46 per cent of the total votes cast.

The Ministry of Territorial Administration put voter turnout at 43 per cent. 

Keita and Cisse will face off in another runoff since the previous one in 2013.

The runoff is expected on August 12.

There had been complaints of electoral malpractice.

Attackers shut down some 644 polling stations — stopping about about three per cent of total number of voters from voting.

More were blocked by separate violent scenes, and fears of attacks from militant groups linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL.

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