Cisse admits defeat, congratulates Keita on his victory

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, an ex-prime minister with a reputation for firmness, won Mali’s presidential election after his rival conceded defeat on Monday in a poll meant to draw a line under more than a year of turmoil.

The concession by his rival Soumaila Cisse, who had complained only hours earlier that Sunday’s second-round vote had been marred by fraud, hands Keita a strong mandate to undertake reform in the landlocked former French colony, one of the world’s poorest countries.

“My family and I went to congratulate Mr Keita, the future president of Mali, on his victory. May God bless Mali,” Cisse, a former finance minister, said on his official Twitter feed.

A spokesman for Cisse, who comes from northern Mali, said his candidate had admitted defeat after it became clear Keita had won even in Gao, the largest town in the north.

Check Also

Armenia: Former Economy Minister Charged With Corruption

On February 15, two days after he resigned his post, former Armenian Economy Minister Vahan …