Most of Mali political leaders back Keita

Most of Mali’s political leaders have come out in support of leading presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubakar Keita following frantic coalition building this week, bolstering his chances of victory on Sunday.

Former prime minister Keita, who secured a strong lead of 39.24 percent of votes in the first round, will face former finance minister Soumaila Cisse, who got 19.44 percent of votes, in the run-off.

The Constitutional Court will have to officially confirm these results before the run-off can go ahead.

Since the preliminary results were released on Friday, both camps have been vying for the electorate of the other candidates, especially that of Dramane Dembele, who came third with 9.6 percent of votes.

By Tuesday, 19 of the 25 losing candidates – including Dembele – from the first round on July 28, vowed support for Keita.

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