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Official election results confirm that Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won the Aug. 11 presidential election. Captain Amadou Sanogo, who led the March 2012 coup, was promoted to the rank of four-star general. Three Malian separatist groups, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), the Touareg tribal-led Supreme Council for Azawad Unity (HCUA), and the Arab Movement for Azawad (MAA), agreed on Aug. 9 to end acts that could "undermine peaceful co-existence"; they also called for a political settlement with the government and the release of Azawadi detainees.
Runoff rival Soumaila Cisse conceded defeat last night, acknowledging that former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has won the election for president. The UN mission in Mali said there were no significant incidents during Sunday's voting, and that "the lack of violence was impressive in a country which has just emerged from conflict."
After an unprecedented 53% national turnout in the presidential election on July 28, frontrunner former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will face ex-finance minister Soumaila Cisse in a runoff election on Aug. 11. Malian refugees have begun returning home from Mauritania.
France congratulated Mali on the smooth running of its first presidential election since a military coup in March 2012. The al Qaeda-linked Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) had threatened to target voters, election officials, and government and military sites. Although the vote count will not be complete until later this week, initial reports suggested that favorite Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is in the lead and may be able to avoid a runoff election.
Malians voted to elect a new president today, in the first elections since a military coup in March 2012 triggered an Islamist takeover of much of the northern part of the country. French, Malian, and UN troops are providing security for the election process. Turnout today was said to be high, and the process has been relatively calm.
Six hostages kidnapped in Tessalit yesterday, including the deputy mayor of Kidal and five Malian election workers, were released today near Tessalit. One of the hostages had managed to telephone Serval, the French force in Mali, which then pressured the Tuareg MNLA to ensure the hostages were freed.
At least four people were killed in the northern city of Kidal when Tuareg separatists attacked black Malian supporters of the government. Military officials also claimed that armed Tuaregs from Gao were involved in the violence, in which 40 civilians were injured, the central market was set on fire, and shops were looted. The unrest reportedly was sparked by rumors that the Malian military was sending more troops to Kidal to maintain order before national elections on July 28.