Elec­tion run-off takes place amid heavy se­cu­rity

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Malians voted in a run-off pres­i­den­tial elec­tion un­der heavy se­cu­rity on Sun­day, with in­cum­bent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita ex­pected to win a se­cond term de­spite a surge in eth­nic and mil­i­tant vi­o­lence dur­ing his ten­ure.

Keita, 73, is run­ning against Soumalia Cisse, 68, the main op­po­si­tion leader and a former fi­nance min­is­ter.

The first round on July 29 was marred by armed at­tacks and other se­cu­rity in­ci­dents at about a fifth of polling places, as well as op­po­si­tion charges of fraud.

Keita took 41 per­cent of the vote in the first round against nearly 18 per­cent for Cisse.

As vot­ing through­out how­ever, in­ci­dents re­ported. pro­gressed Sun­day, se­ri­ous been ran no had Sol­diers body checks on vot­ers in the cap­i­tal Ba­mako as they waited in line un­der rainy skies to cast their bal­lots.

The gov­ern­ment has stepped up se­cu­rity for the run-off, de­ploy­ing an ex­tra 6,000 troops on top of the 30,000 al­ready on duty. Keita called for a peace­ful day and urged peo­ple not to re­spond to any provo­ca­tion as he voted in Ba­mako on Sun­day morn­ing.

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