Mali constitutional court upholds election results

August 20, 2018 - 9:00 am

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's constitutional court has confirmed the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita for a second five-year term.

The court on Monday said Keita received 67 percent of the Aug. 12 runoff vote, beating opposition leader Soumaila Cisse who received about 32 percent. It said there was a 34 percent voter turnout.

Constitutional Court President Manassa Danioko rejected motions filed by the opposition party last week against results. He said there was not enough evidence of fraud.

Cisse, who also faced Keita in a second round in 2013, said Friday that he won the runoff vote. His party had called on supporters to demonstrate.

Keita is to be inaugurated Sept. 4 for his second and final term.

More than 2.7 million Malians voted Aug. 12 despite threats by extremist groups.

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