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Former Junta Chief Wins Presidency

From Times Wire Reports

MALI

The candidate of Mali’s governing coalition acknowledged losing a runoff election, ceding the presidency to the former junta chief who led the West African nation to democracy.

With more than two-thirds of the votes counted, retired Gen. Amadou Toumani Toure held 68%, the Interior Ministry said.

Governing coalition candidate Soumaila Cisse, a wealthy former finance minister, held 32%.

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“The victory of General [Toure] is clear-cut and irreversible,” Cisse’s campaign manager, Sy Kadiatou Sow, told reporters.


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