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The ballot pitted Keita, who is seeking a second term to rule the West African gold- and cotton-producing country, against opposition leader Soumaila Cisse, who said on Monday that the vote was fraudulent and that he was victor. ...European Union observers said on Tuesday they saw irregularities but not fraud.
In terms of security, the president's record is similarly mixed. Five years after France intervened to pry control of northern Mali from jihadists, the international community has grown impatient waiting for effective implementation of the 2015 peace accord between Bamako and rebel groups; since the accord was signed, Islamist violence, until then circumscribed to the north of the country, has spread through Mali to its borders with Burkina Faso and Niger.
2 days ago: Malians vote in presidential runoff amid attacks, threats
"'They asked everyone to put their hands up. The polling station president tried to escape. The jihadists shot and killed him,' the source said."
4 days ago:Cisse said on Monday he would reject the results of a presidential runoff, calling on the population "to rise up"
"We had a little over 3.7 percent of stations which had not functioned properly" during the first round on July 29, Salif Traore, Mali's security minister, said on Monday. The figure fell to 2.1 percent of the 23,000 polling booths in Sunday's runoff vote, which Traore said was due to the deployment of more military. In a reminder of the jihadist threat that was a major campaign issue, the overseer of a polling station in Arkodia, in the northern region of Timbuktu, was shot dead on Sunday by armed Islamist militants, local officials said.
EU asks Mali for details of key presidential vote, 1 Aug
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