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Mali President Keita Wins Re-election With 67 Pct of Vote

Mali President Keita Wins Re-election With 67 Pct of Vote

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won re-election with 67 percent of the vote in a run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse, the Ministry of Territorial Administration said on Thursday. The victory hands Keita a second five-year term in the mostly desert West African country where militant violence and claims of fraud by the opposition marred […]

Mali Votes in Run-off Amid Heavy Security To Counter Militant Threat

Mali Votes in Run-off Amid Heavy Security To Counter Militant Threat

Malians voted in a run-off presidential election on Sunday but observers reported that turnout was low, with several polling stations coming under attack from armed men and one election official killed. Thousands of soldiers were mobilised to provide security following an inconclusive first round last month that was marred by militant attacks and opposition accusations […]

Mali President Confirms He Will Run For Re-Election

Mali President Confirms He Will Run For Re-Election

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced on state TV on Monday that he would run for re-election in a poll scheduled for the end of July. Keita, 73, had been widely expected to run for a second term, but had not confirmed his intention. He faces growing political opposition in the capital Bamako, especially among […]

Erratic Weather Pushes Girls Into Risky Domestic Work In Mali

Erratic Weather Pushes Girls Into Risky Domestic Work In Mali

 From sweeping to fetching water, washing children to cooking, Sitan Coulibaly’s day as a maid in Bamako begins at 6 am and finishes well after dusk. The 17-year-old is used to hard work – but as a farmer, growing millet on her parents’ farm in Babougou, in central Mali. “I haven’t been home in over […]

Al-Qaeda Militant Attacks Erode Malian President’s Popularity

Al-Qaeda Militant Attacks Erode Malian President’s Popularity

Foreign travel is the first thing that comes to mind when Malian lettuce farmer Moussa Samake thinks about President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Nicknamed “the carrier pigeon” for his frequent trips abroad, Keita, 73, is expected to seek re-election in July after a five-year term marred by growing insecurity in the landlocked West African nation. His […]

Mali’s Mounting Crisis Sows Insecurity And Fear

Mali’s Mounting Crisis Sows Insecurity And Fear

From the air, Timbuktu, the fabled city of gold – once a key Arab-African trading post on the trans-Saharan caravan route, a lush oasis, a centre of Islamic culture and learning – is almost obscured by swirling clouds of dust, its pale mud houses and sandy streets barely distinguishable from the encroaching desert. Timbuktu today […]

Mali Vows to Stabilize Militant-Hit Region Before Elections

Mali Vows to Stabilize Militant-Hit Region Before Elections

Mali will deploy additional troops to its central region in a bid to halt an escalation of Islamist militant attacks as pressure mounts to stabilize the West African nation before elections later this year. “Our biggest concern is the security of central Mali,” Security Minister Salif Traore said Monday in an interview in the capital, […]

There Is Hope For Women’s Land Rights, In Mali

There Is Hope For Women’s Land Rights, In Mali

 Wearing a long white tunic covered with bright-coloured patterns, Aminata Berthe bends to water a plot of lettuce with a can in this village near Bamako, the Malian capital. “I’m the first one in my home to wake up and the last to go to bed,” she said, pausing to catch her breath. She has […]

Mali: Djeba – My Child Marriage Nightmare

Mali: Djeba – My Child Marriage Nightmare

In her family’s house in a rural village in the municipality of Baroueli, located in the Segou region of Mali, 20-year-old Djeba gives a broad smile as she sits her son on her lap. But behind the smile are memories of pain and trauma. Djeba was a brilliant student who had big ambitions for her […]

Refugees Claim Abuse By Soldiers As Mali’s Conflict Spreads

Refugees Claim Abuse By Soldiers As Mali’s Conflict Spreads

Hundreds of refugees have arrived in Mauritania, fleeing Mali’s spreading conflict, just a year after armed groups signed up for peace with the government in Bamako. The arrival of more than 500 Fulani nomads from central Mali adds to the strain on Mbera camp in south-eastern Mauritania, where aid agencies are struggling to meet the […]

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