n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Mali presidential election 2013 - assessing the security landscape facing the new leadership : West Africa - issue in focus - : West Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2013, Issue 09
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The new leadership of Mali will face several major challenges in cementing the authority of a damaged government, crippled military and a fractured society. All the while, several grave threats to Malian security remain unresolved.

The results of the Malian presidential election held on 28 July 2013 were released on 3 August after short delays. Those results showed that no one candidate had secured the necessary majority, and a runoff election was held on 12 August. This second round of elections pitted the two top contenders, former Prime Minister and election front-runner Ibrahim Boubacar Keita against a northerner, Soumaila Cisse. On 13 August 2013, Keita (popularly known as IBK) was declared the winner of the run-off election after Cisse conceded defeat. Now, pressing governance issues replace electioneering for Mali's new leadership.

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