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Meet Aliou Boubacar Diallo, Mali’s Billionaire Presidential Candidate

Since March 11, Aliou Boubacar Diallo, has unveiled his political ambitions to conquer the presidential palace. A difficult but not impossible task according to the Malian businessman. To convince the most sceptical, he promises to tackle the huge challenges of unemployment, poverty and corruption, with 1.2 million jobs for young people and women. Take a look

The Malian businessman, Aliou Boubacar Diallo, said this Sunday candidate for the presidential election on July 29, with the colors of the Democratic Alliance for Peace (ADP-Maliba). Known for his company Wassoul’Or, the Kodiéran gold mine in southern Mali, he is also a former heavyweight in the entourage of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

Aliou Boubacar Diallo was nominated at the end of his party’s national conference, the Democratic Alliance for Peace (ADP-Maliba), which ended on Sunday (March 11th). Thousands of supporters and many Malian political leaders, including the opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé , were present at this meeting in his “political stronghold in Nioro Sahel,” says Amadou Thiam, the party president, joined by Jeune Afrique .

The mayor and the deputy of this city, near the Mauritanian border, both wear the colors of ADP-Maliba. The choice of the city was also motivated by the presence of the powerful Sharif Bouyé Haidara, a highly respected Muslim religious leader on whom the last candidate declared to the presidential election counts for his campaign.

In 2013, the latter called for a vote for President  Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta  (IBK), but since then relations between the two men have deteriorated.

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Aliou Boubacar Diallo, CEO of Wassoul’or who operates the Kodiéran gold mine , the only industrial mine in which the majority of the capital is owned by a Malian, says he wants to “build a better Mali, a country that has enough to get out of the crisis if he has the right leadership. “

A heavyweight

Until 2016, the man was a heavyweight around Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. He was the main financier of the latter’s campaign in 2013 and his party was one of the first supporters of the IBK candidate.

Its withdrawal from the majority in August 2016 had upset the national political scene. The ADP-Maliba has 9 deputies, 340 elected communal and 10 mayors.

If Ibrahim Boubacar Keita still has not officially said that he will run again in July, half a dozen candidates have already declared to succeed him, among whom: the mayor of Sikasso, Kalfa Sanogo , the former minister and military Moussa Sinko Coulibaly , as well as two senior international officials, Modibo Koné, a former West African Development Bank (BOAD), and Hamadoun Touré , former head of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

In the run-up to the second round of the election, several candidates are already forming alliances.

“Most of the candidates, including that of our party [ADP-Maliba, Ed], are gathered in a platform called Alternance 2018. The opposition parties are also creating another platform with Soumaïla Cissé, explains Amadou Thiam. The purpose of ADP-Maliba is to have both platforms come together to sign a support agreement in the second round of the election. “

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