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Date:16 Aug 2013
UN Congratulates Mali on successful elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the authorities and the people of Mali for the successful conduct of a presidential election whose provisional results show Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in the lead.

The Interim Government announced the provisional outcome from the 11 August run-off, but the Constitutional Court still needs to confirm the results. Second-place candidate, Soumaïla Cissé, has already conceded the election.

Pending the final decision, Mr. Ban congratulated Mr. Keita on his election as president, according to a statement attributable to his spokesperson.

He also acknowledged Mr. Cissé’s acceptance of the outcome and saluted “his commitment to democratic principles.”

The elections are seen as an important step on the path to recovery for Mali. Since early 2012, the country has witnessed a military coup d'état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.

In the statement, Mr. Ban reiterated the UN’s commitment to accompany Mali in the next phase of its stabilisation and peace consolidation process, including by supporting inclusive dialogue and reconciliation and the conduct of the national legislative elections.

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