WASHINGTON — Months after the French intervention in Mali, the recent presidential elections have now led to a runoff vote.
Reuters reports that former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had won the July 28th presidential vote but fell short of a majority needed to win outright. Now he’ll be in a runoff with ex-finance minister Soumaila Cisse in a runoff today.
This election was supposed to signal a new start for Mali, which needed a French intervention to save it from an Islamist takeover. The Islamist rebels, with links to al-Qaeda, charged all the way to the capital city of Bamako until the French intervened in their former African colony.
Keita won 39.79% of the vote and Cisse had 19.7%.