Mali's presidential contest heads to Aug. 11 runoff   2013-08-02 20:19:28            

BAMAKO, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The two leading candidates in the first round of Mali's presidential elections, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK) and Soumaila Cisse, are heading for the run-off set for Aug. 11, the Territorial Administration Ministry announced on Friday.

IBK of the Rally for Mali (RPM) won 39.24 percent of the votes accounted after the July 28 elections, against 19.4 percent obtained by Cisse of the Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD) .

On Tuesday, Territorial Administration Minister Moussa Sinko Coulibaly said IBK took the lead with over 50 percent of the votes cast, which accounted for one third of the total.

Under Mali's relevant law, once the provisional results have been announced by the territorial administration minister, who is in charge of organizing the elections, they will be submitted to the Constitutional Court for validation.

There were 6.8 million Malians registered to cast their votes in the race of 27 candidates. The turnout across the West African country was put at 53.5 percent.

The polls are expected to bring the country out of the crisis since March 22, 2012, when the military junta took over power in a coup.

Editor: Lu Hui
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