BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Malian official says early results show veteran politician and former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has a wide lead in the country’s presidential election, potentially allowing him to avoid a runoff next month.
Col. Moussa Sinko Coulibaly, minister of territorial administration, said Tuesday that with one-third of the vote counted, Keita, known by his initials IBK, was well ahead of the 27-candidate field, followed by former finance minister Soumaila Cisse.
He said officials would be finished counting the vote by Wednesday at the latest.
Mali’s election is seen as a new beginning for a country that suffered a military coup last March and then lost half of its territory to various rebel groups including Islamist radicals linked to al-Qaida, prompting France to intervene militarily earlier this year.
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