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Vol 54 No 15

Published 19th July 2013


Mali

Wanted: a winner for all

Old politicians woo southern electors to win the presidency but to win for posterity, they will have to speak for the north as well

The leading contenders in Mali’s presidential race are jostling to present themselves as the best defenders of national pride, as the date for the first round looms on 28 July. Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (‘IBK’) has visited Kidal, the provincial capital of the Saharan north-east and a bastion of Tuareg nationalism. Advisors of his key rival, Soumaïla Cissé, then promised that their man would also visit the desert town.

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