Ibrahim Boubacar Keita faces Soumaila Cissé after first round marred by ballot stuffing accusations and security concerns

Malians are preparing to vote in a runoff election that will go ahead on Sunday despite widespread allegations of fraud in the first round.

The current president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, won 41% of the vote in the first round on 29 July, with Soumaila Cissé a distant second with 18%. The pool of candidates has now been reduced from 24 to two, and it is the first time an incumbent president of Mali has ever had to face a runoff.

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