Mali awaits results in presidential run-off vote
An election worker demonstrates the correct procedure for marking a ballot to a voter in Bamako on Sunday. Bamako - Malians on Monday awaited the outcome of a presidential election run-off they hope will usher in a new dawn of stability following a military coup which upended one of the region's most stable democracies. An electorate of almost seven million had been asked Sunday to choose between former premier Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and ex-finance minister Soumaila Cisse to lead Mali's recovery, following last year's coup that ignited an Islamist insurgency and a French-led military intervention.
On Sunday, torrential rain affected early voting, with fewer polling stations opening on time than in the first round, when a turnout of 48.9 percent was seen as a key sign that the electoral process would be viewed as credible. The rain stopped by lunchtime and AFP reporters in the capital Bamako witnessed a steady stream of voters joining queues to cast their ballots in the afternoon, but some polling station managers said their numbers were 50 percent down on the first round.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily News