Mali Politics

Mali’s President Keita sworn in for second term

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was on Tuesday sworn into office for a second five-year term.

Mr Keita took his oath before Supreme Court judge Nouhoum Tapily during a small ceremony held at the cultural palace in the capital Bamako.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita promised to restore peace during his inauguration ceremony on Tuesday in the capital Bamako.

“I chose to place the re-establishment of peace and security at an absolute level of priority”, he said as he was sworn in for a second term, Reuters reports.

His main challenge will be to address the increasing levels of attacks and inter-communal violence in the north and centre of Mali, correspondents say.

The 73-year-old received 67.17 per cent of votes, while his arch-rival Soumaila Cisse took 32.83 per cent. His main rival, former finance minister Soumailia Cisse, said there was vote rigging and disputed the outcome.

A run-off was needed after neither Keita nor Cisse, 68, managed to muster a majority in the first round, in July.

A public inauguration ceremony is scheduled for September 22, at Bamako’s football stadium.

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