BAKAMO, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The second round of Mali's presidential election kicked off at 8:00 a.m. local time on Sunday, as voters in Bamako are coming massively to polling stations to express their choice between former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and former foreign minister Soumaila Cisse.
Mali's 6.8 million registered voters are called to cast ballot at about 21,000 polling stations across the country, which will close at 6:00 p.m. the same day. The definitive results will come out within five days.
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BAMAKO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- The president of Mali's National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Mamadou Diamoutani, is urging the two contestants in Sunday's presidential run-off, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Soumaila Cisse, to accept the outcome from the ballot box. Full story
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