Mali Court Confirms Ex-PM Keita's Election Lead, Runoff Needed

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Reuters
Mali's top court on Wednesday confirmed that former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won a July 28 presidential vote but fell short of an outright majority so will face ex-finance minister Soumaila Cisse in a runoff.

Mali's top court on Wednesday confirmed that former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won a July 28 presidential vote but fell short of an outright majority so will face ex-finance minister Soumaila Cisse in a runoff.

The marginally revised results gave Keita 39.79 percent of votes cast in the first round, well ahead of Cisse's 19.70 percent. The runoff is due on Sunday.

Turnout was revised down slightly to 48.98 percent.