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Malians go to polls to choose next president.

Malians go to polls to choose next president.
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The final round of presidential elections are being held in Mali today.

The favourite to win is former prime minister, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The 68 year old led in last month’s first-round ballot with nearly 40 percent of the vote, but fell short of an outright majority.

He faces Soumaila Cisse, his ex-finance minister who got 19 percent of the vote.

27 candidates stood for election in the first round. Now that they are out of the running, 22 of them are endorsing Keita.

Today’s election should unlock around four billion euros of foreign aid and allow France to hand over responsibility for security to the UN.

In January last year, France, Mali’s former colonial ruler, sent in troops to force al-Qaeda-linked rebels out of the north of the country.