Ibrahim Boubacar Keita elected new President of war torn Mali
Former Primeminister, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has won the Mali’s Presidential election defeating his main rival Soumalia Cisse following a runoff to elections in August 2013. Keita was polled 40% of votes in the first round held in July 2013. After initial blame game of riggings, Cisse conceded defeat, brightening chances of formation of a stable government and return of a democratically elected government which has been put as a precondition by western nations for unlocking a $4 billion aid.
- Mali was devastated following a military coup in March 2012 that overthrew Amadou Toumani Toure as President (military was angered by resurgent Tuareg rebellion in North). Following coup, Tuareg separatists and Islamic extremists took control of large areas in Northern Mali.
- French military intervention later helped the government to regain control of much of Northern Mali.
- A UN Peacekeeping force is now sanctioned to regain stability in region
- A peace deal was signed between government and rebels to ceasefire ,hold elections and start negotiation on the Tuareg issue.
- The rebel group of “National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad” (Tuareg led) had endorsed Keita as he promised to hold a national dialogue on the issue.
Over 90 % of population are Muslim
UN Special Representative for Mali : Bert Koenders