Mali election takes place amid heavy security to counter militant threat

  • Sunday 12, August 2018 in 8:45 PM
  • A man casts his ballot at a polling station during a run-off presidential election in Bamako
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Malians voted in a run-off presidential election under heavy security on Sunday, with incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita expected to win a second term despite a surge in ethnic and militant violence during his tenure.
Keita, 73, is running against Soumalia Cisse, 68, the main opposition leader and a former finance minister.
 
The first round on July 29 was marred by armed attacks and other security incidents at about a fifth of polling places, as well as opposition charges of fraud.
 
As voting progressed throughout Sunday, however, no serious incidents had been reported.