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.
Tuareg rebels also joined the movement until the French rolled back the rebel gains in a few short months. The French later withdrew as quickly as possible  to prevent a prolonged and unpopular war .
Keita won 39.79% of the vote and Cisse had 19.7%.