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President Keita Re-Elected In Run-Off Vote



Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was re-elected amid a tense election disrupted by sporadic violence, the Territorial Administration Ministry announced Thursday.

Keita received 67.17 per cent of votes in the second round, while his arch-rival, Soumaila Cisse, took 32.83 per cent, according to provisional results, which still need to be approved by the Constitutional Court.

A run-off was needed August 12 after neither Keita, 73, nor Cisse, 68, managed to muster a majority in the first round, in July.

Only about 35 per cent of the West African nation’s 8 million eligible voters cast their ballots in the second round, according to the ministry.

The low turn-out was caused by a volatile security situation in the country’s north and centre, where various Islamist and separatist groups regularly stage attacks, as well as historic voter apathy.