Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Campaigning against Bouteflika's re-election... in France

Read more

WEB NEWS

Chile: Online mobilization to help Valparaiso fire victims

Read more

ENCORE!

Art, sex, money, memory and manga

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Spat over Iran's UN ambassador hampers thawing relations with US

Read more

FOCUS

China trade deal: Is Taiwan's identity under threat?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Call it a caretaker government'

Read more

DEBATE

Nigeria's Battles

Read more

DEBATE

Nigeria's Battles (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Pornography without borders is key benefit of EU, says French MEP

Read more

  • US rolls out red carpet for French critic of capitalism

    Read more

  • France's new PM targets welfare in drive to cut spending

    Read more

  • Rescue effort under way as ferry sinks off S. Korean coast

    Read more

  • Putin says Ukraine 'on brink of war' as separatists hoist Russian flags

    Read more

  • Brazil club Mineiro cancel Anelka signing after no-show

    Read more

  • Syria 'torture' photos silence UN Security Council members

    Read more

  • Paris laboratory loses deadly SARS virus samples

    Read more

  • More than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped in northeast Nigeria

    Read more

  • New York police disband unit targeting Muslims

    Read more

  • 'Miracle girl' healthy after seven-organ transplant in Paris

    Read more

  • Paris police memo calling for Roma eviction ‘rectified’

    Read more

  • Burgundy digs into France's bureaucratic 'mille-feuille'

    Read more

  • French court drops ‘hate speech’ case against Bob Dylan

    Read more

  • Algeria rights crackdown slammed ahead of election

    Read more

  • Iraq closes notorious Abu Ghraib jail over security fears

    Read more

  • Berlusconi sentenced to community service for tax fraud

    Read more

  • In ‘Tom at the Farm’, Xavier Dolan blends Hitchcock and homoeroticism

    Read more

  • US to mark one year since Boston Marathon bombing

    Read more

  • India's Supreme Court establishes third gender category

    Read more

  • Bluefin-21 'mini-sub' redeploys for Malaysian jet

    Read more

  • Paris hotel that hosted Holocaust survivors shuts for renovation

    Read more

Africa

Malian president's party wins parliamentary polls

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-12-18

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has consolidated his power in the west African nation as results from the second round of legislative elections revealed his party and its allies won a comfortable majority of seats in parliament.

Keita’s Rally for Mali (RPM) party and its partners claimed 115 of the 147 seats in the national assembly in Sunday’s ballot, according to provisional results announced by Mali's government on Tuesday.

The Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD), whose candidate Soumaila Cissé came in second during Mali’s presidential elections in August, appeared to have won between 17 and 19 seats in the new parliament.

The results will allow Cissé to become leader of the opposition.

The election marked Mali's return to democracy after a coup last year plunged the country into chaos.

Al Qaeda-linked Islamists took advantage of the power vacuum to occupy half the country’s territory, which was only regained after France launched a military intervention in January.

Low turnout

European Union election observers said Monday that the parliamentary polls met international standards, while EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton called on Malians to "accept the verdict of the ballot box."

While there were no serious incidents during 10 hours of voting on Sunday, the election was somewhat tarnished by low 37.2% turnout – a drop on the 38.6% recorded in the first round.

Many voters appeared to have stayed away because of a recent spike in rebel attacks against African troops tasked with election security.

On Monday UN peacekeepers in the troubled Malian city of Kidal opened fire on Tuareg rebels and on civilians, injuring two people, according to residents.

The violent incident followed a suicide attack over the weekend that killed two peacekeepers, and overshadowed the parliamentary poll.

Full provisional results are due to be published by Friday before being confirmed later by the constitutional court.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP)

Date created : 2013-12-18

  • MALI

    Mali vote sees low turnout

    Read more

  • MALI

    Bomb blast kills two UN troops in northern Mali

    Read more

  • MALI

    Mass grave may hold secret to Mali’s missing soldiers

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)