Kufuor for Mali’s run-off

Accra, Aug 11, GNA – Former President John Agyekum Kufuor left Accra yesterday Saturday to Mali to observe the country’s election run-off.

Mr. Kufuor is leading a 240-member strong Observer Mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to the run-off.

At the run-off, Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who at various times has been the Malian Prime Minister, Foreign Minster as well as Speaker of Parliament and Mr. Soumaila Cisse, former  Minister  of Finance, will contest the poll on Sunday after they emerged top runners in the main election held about two weeks ago.

Mr. Keita polled 39.8% and Mr. Cisse obtained 19.7% of the total votes cast, none of the two was able to attain the required 50% plus one vote to be a winner of the election.

At separate meetings with the two, former President Kufuor advised them on the need to run a clean race and be prepared to submit themselves to the laws of the land if any dispute arises to bring peace into the country.

He asked them to put the country’s interest above their individual aspirations and also counsel their supporters to remain calm even in defeat.

Both Mr. Keita and Mr. Cisse assured the former president they would abide by the rules and ensure the success of the elections.

Mali is coming from a period of upheaval during, which the military overthrew the government and insurgents from the North ransacked some of its important historical monuments.

The first round of the elections, which was also observed by former president Kufuor and his ECOWAS team was acknowledged as free and fair by international observers.


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