In Mali, Cisse’s supporters protest the result

Hundreds of supporters of Malian opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé protest in the streets of Bamako against the results of the presidential election. It was announced that incumbent president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has been re-elected for a second mandate with 67,17% of the vote, defeating Cissé who only won 32,83%. Cissé’s party claims the poll was rigged in favor of Keïta. IMAGES

Polls open for second round of Mali presidential election

Polls open for the second round of the Mali presidential election. Malians are called to the ballot box for a presidential runoff likely to see Ibrahim Boubacar Keita return to office despite criticism of his handling of the country’s security crisis. The second round is a rerun of a 2013 faceoff that Keita won by a landslide over former finance minister Soumaila Cisse. IMAGES

Mali’s President Keita casts vote in presidential election

The incumbent president of Mali, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 71, casts his vote in the presidential election in a crowded field of 24 candidates — just one of them a woman — bidding for the five-year presidency. More than eight million Malians go to the polls in a key electoral test for the fragile Sahel state, battling a wave of ethnic violence and jihadism. IMAGES