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Ibrahim Keita Confirmed as New President of Mali

Mali’s constitutional court has confirmed Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as the country’s new president, following a landslide victory at the polls.

The 68-year-old won 77.62 percent of the vote in the second round of elections on Aug. 11.

Keita is a former prime minister and veteran of the political scene in Mali. He takes office on Sept. 4 and will be faced with the task of leading the country out of a 17-month political crisis sparked by a military coup.

Mali at the Crossroads reports:

“‘This election, from a democratic standards point of view, is a success,’ said the head of a EU observer mission, Louis Michel. It is an election that allows Mali now to start finishing the process that it has begun: the return to a normal democracy,’ he added.

“France sent thousands of troops in January to break an al-Qaeda-linked rebels’ grip on northern Mali. Paris now aims to pull out its contingent to a rapid response team of 1,000 troops to face the scattered threat, while handing broader security duties to a 12,600-strong UN peacekeeping mission being deployed there.

“Keita received the support of 22 of the 25 losing first-round candidates. Diplomats now hope a clean election will give him a strong mandate to negotiate a lasting peace with northern Tuareg separatists, reform the army, and tackle deep-rooted corruption.

‘”This was an important stage in the transition in Mali towards peace and reconciliation,’ U.N. Special Representative for Mali Bert Koenders said.‘There were small imperfections … but the lack of violence was impressive in a country which has just emerged from conflict.’”

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  1. Mali better do the right thing for its people, first and not for the west. the resources of the country better go for the peoples advancement and benefit and not the for the benefit of special interest countries in the west.

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