Mali's president wins runoff vote with more than 67%

2018-08-16 13:26
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Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has won another term in a runoff election with more than 67% of the vote.

Opposition leader Soumaila Cisse received over 32% of the vote in Sunday's runoff that had an estimated turnout of 34% amid threats of violence from extremist groups.

The West African nation has grown more insecure since Keita beat Cisse in a second-round election in 2013.

Extremists are staging more brazen attacks that have spread to central Mali, where both Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked militants are present. Deadly communal clashes between ethnic groups and accusations of heavy-handed counterterror operations have caused even deeper tensions and mistrust of the state.

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