Legislative Elections Could Signal Mali’s Return to Politics as Usual

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Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Dec. 10, 2013 (Photo by Wikimedia user Claude Truong-Ngoc).

Voters in the West African nation of Mali will go to the polls this weekend for legislative elections that may offer insight into the country’s uncertain political trajectory. Mali descended into chaos last year, when a coup d’etat in the country’s south paved the way for Islamist militants linked to al-Qaida to take over the northern two-thirds of the country. In late-July, Malians turned out in record numbers for a presidential election that the international community—particularly, France and the U.S.—had been calling for as a condition for unlocking nearly $4 billion in pledged assistance. That election came just six months […]

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