The man tipped to win Mali’s presidential election has done just that. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had already swept the July 28 first round with nearly 40 percent. Now even though no official results have yet been released after Sunday’s run-off, reports have put the man widely known by his initials IBK well in the lead.
His rival Soumaila Cisse, who has already offered his congratulations, conceded defeat only hours after complaining that the poll had been marred by fraud.
But his smooth concession points to a fresh start for the country after a year of unrest.
The past 12 months have seen an army coup and a French-led military intervention to oust Islamist rebels from the north.
Keita who has a reputation for firmness from when he served as prime minister in the late 1990s will now oversee three billion euros in foreign aid which has been promised to rebuild the West African state.