Keita wins by huge ma­jor­ity

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Mali an­nounced Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as its new leader on Thurs­day af­ter con­firm­ing that the for­mer prime min­is­ter had won a land­slide vic­tory in a pres­i­den­tial poll in­tended to give a fresh start to the con­flict-scarred na­tion. Fig­ures for Sun­day’s sec­ond-round bal­lot re­leased on live tele­vi­sion by the in­te­rior min­istry showed Keita won an over­whelm­ing 77.6 per­cent of the vote, with his ri­val Soumaila Cisse trail­ing on 22.4 per­cent.

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