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Date:28 Jul 2018
Mali Elects a new President amidst security concerns

Over 8 million Malian voters will go to the polls on Sunday July 29 to elect a new president amongst twenty-four presidential candidates who they hope will lead the country out of poverty, unemployment, political unrest and violence.  
Incumbent President, 73-year old Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and opposition frontrunner, 68-year old  Soumaila Cisse are seen as the two main candidates. However, the election is likely to go to a second round as none of the candidates is expected tol win an outright majority according to polls.
This elections takes place six years after the military staged a coup to remove then President Amadou Toumani Toure.
The election campaign has seen the presidential candidates designing their messages to target the youth who form about 60% of the electorates and will be voting for the first time.
The candidate who secures 50% plus one vote is declared the winner. A second round of voting is slated to take place on August 12 if none of the candidates emerge a clear winner.

Other top contestants in the presidential elections include former minister Mohamed Ali Bathily and businesswoman Djeneba N'Diaye.
Polls will open at 08:00 GMT and close at 18:00 GMT. 


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