Mali votes for president – The East African

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Mali went to the polls on Sunday, with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita seeking a second five-year term in the fragile Sahel state.

After a campaign marred by violent incidents, 23,000 polling stations opened at 0800GMT and are scheduled to close at 1800GMT.

“I have my voting card, I am going to vote for my country and for my favourite president,” said Mr Moriba Camara, a 35-year-old teacher, in the Sebenicoro District of the capital Bamako.

“I know there is going to be no cheating. I trust the authorities,” he added, as a few voters started queuing around him.

President Keita, 73, leads a crowded field of 24 candidates — just one of them a woman — bidding for the presidency which he has held since 2013. He voted in Sebenicoro, in the capital, surrounded by…

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