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Results show Keita won Mali runoff in landslide

August 15, 2013

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Official results from Mali’s runoff election show President-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won in a landslide.

Keita’s opponent Soumaila Cisse conceded defeat the day after the vote and before results had been announced.

On Thursday, Mali’s election officials said Keita had won 77.61 percent of ballots cast in the Sunday runoff. Cisse won 22.39 percent.

Voter participation was slightly lower in the second round of voting at 46 percent.

Keita is due to be inaugurated next month, 18 months after the last democratically elected president was overthrown in a coup.

The chaotic aftermath of the government’s overthrow allowed for al-Qaida-linked militants to overtake the vast northern half of the West African country for months until a French-led military operation forced them to flee into the desert.

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