- Language: English
- Published: May 2012
- Region: Global
Country Report Mali
- Published: November 2013
- Region: Mali
- 25 Pages
- The Economist Intelligence Unit
The first round of the legislative election in Mali has passed off without serious incident, despite some minor disruptions by armed militants near Timbuktu and by Tuareg nationalists in Kidal. Turnout on November 24th was low at around 38%, below expectations but consistent with Mali's past record of weak popular engagement in politics, as well as a loss of public enthusiasm since the presidential election in July‑August, when close to half the electorate voted. After the second-round run‑off on December 15th, the president's Rassemblement pour le Mali (RPM), together with its allies, is likely to win a legislative majority.
The overall turnout number hides large variances. Whereas voter participation was low in Kidal, the heartland of support for the Tuareg nationalist Mouvement national pour la libération de l'Azawad, it was very high in the "south of the north"-where the population had been bitterly resentful of last year's jihadi takeover. It reached almost 52% in Gao and nearly 56% in Niafunké, topped 63% in Bourem and posted a national record of 67% in Ansongo.
With international observers declaring the poll free and fair-despite one incident in the northern town of Talataye where Tuareg separatists stole ballot boxes-results came in as early as November 27th. In most constituencies, the results were inconclusive, with few candidates passing the 50% threshold required for outright victory; none of the parties themselves thus secured an overall legislative majority. With only 14 seats out of 147 in the Nationally Assembly now filled, a second round is set for December 15th for the top two candidates in each constituency. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
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