Mali’s President Heads for Second Term in Election Rematch

Voters in Mali will decide Sunday whether President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita wins a second mandate even as criticism mounts over his failure to tackle a rising tide of Islamist militant violence.

Known as IBK, 73-year-old Keita won the first round of presidential elections on July 29 with 41 percent of the votes, securing a comfortably large margin but not enough to win an outright majority. His main opponent, 68-year-old Soumaila Cisse, got 18 percent of ballots cast, and so far hasn’t been successful in uniting a fractured opposition to back him. IBK won by a landslide when the two men faced each other five years ago.

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