After initial results declared Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the front-runner of Mali’s presidential election last Sunday July 28, 2013 with 39.2 percent of the vote, the government announced today the election will go to a second round on August 11. As former Prime Minister, Mr. Keita is not a new face to Malian politics. However, Mali’s electoral system requires a candidate to win at least 50% of the vote or face a run-off vote.
According to Radio France International, Soumaïla Cissé trailed Keita with 19.4 percent of the vote and Dramane Dembélé received 9.6 percent. (To find out more about the candidates, please see Mali-focused blogger Bruce Whitehouse’s Word document outlining their profiles.)
The majority of Western media heralded the elections as a relative success. John Campbell of the Council for Foreign Relations noted most of the Western media as “upbeat in tone [despite] worms of doubt…
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