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Post Presidential Election in Mali: Malians in Thousands March Against IBK’s Victory

Thousands of people took part in a protest march in Bamako, the Malian capital, against the results giving Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta winner of the presidential election.

The procession is part of the Freedom Square at the Labor Exchange, according to Alou Diawara, the BBC Africa correspondent in Mali.

According to the protesters, the official results proclaimed on Thursday do not reflect the reality of the vote of the second round that took place last Sunday, between the outgoing president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, nicknamed IBK according to his initials, and the leader of the opposition, Soumaïla Cissé .

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They believe that Mr. Cissé won the election, and that the victory was “stolen”.

“We stole our victory. We demand our victory. That’s all, “exclaimed a protester in the crowd.

“Can we build a democracy by theft? (…) We will not accept that we steal our victory, your victory. This is the future of Mali … “Cissé told the protesters.

The opposition lodged appeals with the Constitutional Court, hoping that this court will pronounce a verdict in its favor, when announcing the final results expected Monday.

If this is not the case, she promises to organize other demonstrations in protest against the re-election of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The protest march went off without incident, under the supervision of an impressive security device.

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Written by How Africa

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