John Price (Ambassador to Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros, 2002-2005)
Cross-posted from Ambassador Price’s August 2, 2013 blog post.
On Friday morning August 2, the Minister of Administration Moussa Sinko announced the results of the first-round in Mali’s July 28 presidential election. The former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta also known by his nickname IBK received 39 percent of the vote, with Soumaïla Cissé a former finance minister receiving 19 percent. The results will not be official until the Constitutional Court validates the balloting outcome this weekend. Both set to face off in the August 11 second-round runoff, are already actively campaigning, with IBK favored to win. Only three candidates, of the twenty seven that participated in the election, received more than 5 percent of the vote.
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