Mali's interim government sets date for next year's general election

April 15, 2021, 6:38:11 PM

Mali's interim government sets date for next year's general election

The country's interim government announced on Thursday that Mali will hold presidential and Parliamentary elections in February next year.

Regional government Minister Lieutenant Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga told reporters in bamako that the first voting round will take place with a second vote in March on 27 February.

According to the government, the announcement of the dates is a sign of a commitment to "strictly fulfill" an 18-month transition commitment to return to an elected civilian government.

An election plan submitted by the transitional authorities also showed that a referendum will be held in October. 

Mali was plunged into political chaos after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in a military coup last August.

The coup exacerbated an already fragile situation in the West African country that has been subjected to violence since 2012, when Islamist militants took over the tuareg separatist rebellion in the north.

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