23 C
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Mali opposition leaders refuse to back Cisse in presidential run-off

The third and fourth-place finishers in the first round of Mali’s presidential election declined on Thursday to endorse opposition leader Soumaila Cisse in Sunday’s run-off, dealing a blow to his hopes of defeating President

Keita, who is seeking a second term despite jihadist attacks and inter-ethnic violence, won the first round last month with over 41 percent of the vote. Cisse finished second with nearly 18 percent.

Cisse has alleged there was widespread fraud in the first round and has been trying to unite the other two dozen candidates behind him for the run-off.

Keita’s camp denies there was fraud and the constitutional court on Wednesday upheld the results, despite challenges by Cisse, third-place finisher Aliou Diallo and fourth-placed Cheick Modibo Diarra.

But Diallo, who received 8 percent of the vote, and Diarra, who claimed over 7 percent, both encouraged their supporters to make up their own minds for the second round.

“Neither IBK (Keita) nor Soumi (Cisse) corresponds with our political ideal. I will not support one or the other. Each person who voted for me is free to vote for whom they wish,” Diarra told supporters in the capital Bamako.

Diallo told his followers that it was “to Malians that I leave the responsibility of expressing themselves as they wish in the second round”.

Armed attacks and other security incidents disrupted voting at about a fifth of polling places in the first round and prevented around 3 percent from opening at all, casting doubts over the legitimacy of the election.

The United Nations said last month nearly 300 Malian civilians had been killed this year in inter-communal violence, which has been stoked by local jihadi groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State.

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Latest News

Refugees removed from UNHCR office in S/Africa arraigned – no lawyers and no bail

189 refugees and asylum seekers were arraigned in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday after they entered the premises of the United Nations High...

1,100 Africans applying for legal status arrested in U.S.

About 1,100 undocumented Africans living in the United States were among thousands of immigrants arrested while applying for legal status to avoid deportation and...

Candidates ramp up campaign ahead of Guinea-Bissau presidential elections

Elections are less than a week away in Guinea Bissau, where residents are hoping to emerge from years of political stagnation. On November 24,...

U.S. blacklists former Kenyan attorney general over corruption allegations

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on Kenya’s former attorney general, Amos Sitswila Wako, accusing him of involvement in “significant” corruption, according to...

Mali solders suffer heavy casualty again; 24 killed, 29 injured

Twenty-four Malian soldiers were killed and 29 wounded when militants attacked a patrol in northern Mali on Monday, a spokesman for the army has...

Niger’s Hama Amadou returns to jail ahead of 2020 presidential bid

Niger’s main opposition leader Hama Amadou is back behind bars after returning home from three years exile in France with the intention of completing...

UN envoy berates foreign interference after air strikes on Libya factory

The UN's Libya envoy pleaded with foreign actors to honor an arms embargo on the conflict-torn country as he said an attack on a...

Blind Ghanaian student violently pulled from seat in Oxford

A blind Ghanaian student who was "violently" removed from a prestigious debating society has been cleared of any wrongdoing.Ebenezer Azamati was "accosted" by a...

Mugabe’s estate to be officially registered early December

Zimbabweans might finally get to know late president Robert Mugabe's net worth when his estate is registered on 5th December.In details shared by government...

France returns to Senegal a sword full of history and political significance

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Sunday symbolically presented Senegalese President Macky Sall with a sword that was taken from Senegal many years ago...

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -
%d bloggers like this: