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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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Dioncounda Traoré, United States, Mamadou Diamounténé, French, Election fever, Dramane Dembélé, Boubacar Bah, Bill, Alpha Oumar Konaré, Modibo Sidibé, Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga, Amadou Toumani Touré, ATT, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Amadou Haya Sanogo, Algeria, Benin, t Thomas Yayi Boni, Soumaïla Cissé, Jeamille Bittar, Hamed Diané Séméga, Senegal, Mohamed Tabouré, Mohamed Salia Sokona, Yamoussa Camara, Chadian, Malick Alhousseini Maïga, Commission électorale nationale independante, Alliance pour la démocratie au Mali, Ecole nationale des ingénieurs, Commune Cinq, Rassemblement pour le Mali, Toguna Agro-Industrie, Union pour la république et la démocratie, Union des mouvements et associations pour le Mali, Parti pour le développement économique et la solidarité, de facto, Coalition des organisations patriotiques du Mali, Commission dialogue et réconciliation, Mouvement national pour la libération de l’Azawad, Collectif des ressortissants du Nord