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Mali official election results confirm big win for Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

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Mali official election results confirm big win for Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

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The official results have been announced in Mali’s presidential election, confirming a resounding victory for Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The former prime minister won 77.6 percent of the vote in Sunday’s run-off, marking a return to democracy after last year’s military coup.

Keita has pledged that his priority will be to push for peace in northern Mali with Tuareg separatist rebels.

The March 2012 coup plunged Mali into turmoil, allowing the Islamist insurgents to seize the desert north.

A French-led military intervention in January liberated the region.

Keita faces huge challenges in reforming the military, tackling widespread corruption and reviving Mali’s ailing economy.

His hand will be strengthened by 3.25 billion euros ($4.31 billion) in reconstruction aid pledged at a conference in Brussels in May.