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Mali Confirms Landslide Victory for Keita

August 15, 2013

Preliminary official results in Mali on Thursday confirmed a landslide victory for president-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, in a poll that many hope will bring stability to the troubled nation.

Keita, popularly known as IBK, won 77.6 per cent in the run-off at the weekend, while Soumaila Cisse got 22.3 per cent, Minister of Territorial Administration, Brigadier General Sinko Moussa Coulibaly, announced.

The second round turnout was 45.7 per cent, compared to 48.9 per cent in the first round, Coulibaly said.

Mali's Constitutional Court is expected to announce the final figures in the next few days.

On Tuesday, Cisse said he would accept the result - but criticized what he said were "irregularities."

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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