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Malians prepare to vote in first election since civil conflict


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Malians prepare to vote in first election since civil conflict

Candidates running for the Mali presidency have held their last campaign rallies ahead of Sunday’s election.

Hundreds of thousands of Malians are still displaced in refugee camps in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania or are scattered in Mali after fleeing the north when it was seized by rebels last year. Many have been unable to collect ID cards for voting.

Although western donors see the elections as vital for Mali to regain stability, many fear that low participation, particularly from those most affected by the conflict, will sow the seeds for further trouble.

EU monitors said that there are “acceptable” conditions for an election and that the vast majority of Malians will be able to vote.

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