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Vol 54 No 10

Published 10th May 2013


Mali

The rush to the vote

Political and logistical obstacles mean that elections scheduled for July could cause more problems than they solve

Partisan politics is back as the Bamako establishment focuses on the presidential election promised for 7 July. The transitional government of President Dioncounda Traoré, encouraged by the United States and some European officials, is now committed to early elections, despite the continuing security crisis in the north and lack of readiness in the south. The restoration of basic services and administration to liberated northern towns has barely begun.

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