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Mali: Keita’s party wins parliamentary polls

19 December 2013, 09:56

Bamako - The party of Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and its allies have won the west African nation's parliamentary elections, according to provisional results announced by the government on Tuesday.

The Rally for Mali and its junior partners have 115 of the 147 seats in the national assembly following a second round of voting on Sunday, Minister of Territorial Administration Moussa Sinko Coulibaly said on state television, with the exact breakdown still to be worked out.

Turnout in the second round reached 37.2%, a further drop on the 38.6% achieved in the first round, which was deemed disappointing.

The election marked the completion of Mali's return to democracy after it was upended by a coup last year and then had its northern half occupied by Islamists linked to al-Qaeda before being then liberated by a French-led military intervention launched in January.



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