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

Mali: Polls open for the presidential election

Mali heads to the polls with incumbent president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who took office in 2013, and opposition frontrunner Soumaila Cisse expected to be the two main candidates in a field of 24 hopefuls. 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

Malians take matters into own hands as police vanish before vote

In the central Malian town of Konna, the government pulled out the last police squad last year to deploy it in the most threatened parts of the region, which are gripped by a mix of jihadist violence and ethnic disputes. With the presidential election just a few weeks away, local officials are struggling to prepare for the polls, while the insecurity has pushed the population to take matters into their own hands.