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(AFP 08/02/13)
BAMAKO, August 2, 2013 (AFP) - Mali's presidential election will go to a second round on August 11, the government said Friday, after no candidate secured a majority in the landmark poll. Figures for Sunday's ballot announced on live television showed former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in the lead with 39.2 percent of the vote, ahead of main rival Soumaila Cisse with 19.4 percent. The election is seen as key to Mali's recovery after a coup in March last year overthrew Amadou Toumani Toure, plunging one of the region's most stable democracies into political crisis and leading to an Islamist insurgency. As hardline Al-Qaeda allies took control of the country's vast desert north, and threatened to extend their often...
(African arguments 08/02/13)
UK Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, has stated that the government will not intervene directly in Barclays Bank's decision to withdraw banking services to Money Service Businesses (MSBs) including those that provide remittance services to Somalia, but said he hoped that a 'market-based solution' could be found. Simmonds stated in a letter dated 18th July to SOAS academic Laura Hammond (and shared with African Arguments) that "the government would not be able to intervene on behalf of a particular company or 'remittance corridor'". He was responding to a letter submitted by Hammond on behalf of 105 academics, researchers and practitioners calling on the UK government to intervene to prevent the collapse of remittance flows into poor and fragile states, particularly...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/02/13)
LONDON | Fri Aug 2, 2013 (Reuters) - The winning investment strategy of 2013 has been simple but extreme: return home to the safety of the biggest, most-traded markets, or venture to the riskiest frontiers from Ivory Coast to Pakistan. Those in the middle of the risk curve - the biggest emerging markets that now account for almost half of the top 20 world economies - have been the big losers. The contrasting fortunes may herald the start of a broader repricing of big emerging economies where a flood of cheap money from developed economies has distorted prices the most. Risk - which dominated global financial markets in the past few years - has played a smaller role in defining...
(This Day Live 08/02/13)
Against the backdrop of the three-day investment roundtable in Cape Town, South Africa, John Iwori, who attended the event, writes that African countries are forging a common front in the shipping and energy sectors of the continent's economy. Working against One Another That most African countries are working at cross purposes is an understatement. In spite of their proximity, they prefer to work against their common interests. They hardly see each other as partners in progress. In fact, they see themselves as enemies. They work against one another for the benefit of the people on other continents, especially those who ruled over them during the colonial era. The undue rivalry among African countries has often robbed the people on the...
(This Day Live 08/01/13)
Over 100 troops from the Nigerian peacekeeping contingent that were involved in the United Nations-backed war effort in Northern Mali arrived the country Wednesday for onward deployment to Borno State to enforce emergency rule in the state and other parts of the north-east. Their deployment to the state may not be unconnected with the request by the Borno State Government for more troops to be sent to the state to see off the threat of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram. Since the declaration of emergency rule and increased military onslaught on members of the sect, most of them have been forced to flee the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, to other parts of the state. THISDAY also learnt that the decision...
(Voice of America 08/01/13)
DAKAR — Mali's government is expected to announce full provisional results Thursday from Sunday's presidential poll. Several candidates have already denounced partial results released earlier this week as fraudulent. Authorities said those partial results indicate a likely first-round victory for former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.The minister of territorial administration, charged with announcing results, said Tuesday that candidate Soumaila Cisse was in second place among the 27 candidates but that candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is likely to win the election in the first round. The minister, Colonel Moussa Sinko Coulibaly, said authorities were still verifying the vote counts from the country's 21,000 polling stations but had received results from nearly all of them. Keita and Cisse were the frontrunners heading...
(Voice of America 08/01/13)
Officials in Mali are expected to release full provisional results of the country's presidential election on Wednesday. Sunday's polling was seen as a first step toward Mali's recovery from a year-and-a-half of unrest. On Tuesday, territorial administration minister Colonel Moussa Sinko Coulibaly said partial results indicated that front-runner and former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had a comfortable lead and could win an outright victory. He did not reveal the extent of the margin but said if it was maintained, there would be no need for a runoff vote. Coulibaly said with about one-third of the votes counted, former finance minister Soumaila Cisse was in second place. The other two top candidates are former prime minister Modibo Sidibe and a...
(This Day Live 08/01/13)
The World Bank Group committed a record $14.7 billion in fiscal year 2013 (July 2012 to June 2013) to support economic growth and better development prospects in Africa, despite uncertain economic conditions in the rest of the global economy. “The region has shown remarkable resilience in the face of a global recession and continues to grow strongly,” said World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, Makhtar Diop. “Africa is at the centre of the World Bank Group 2030 goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity, in an environmentally, socially, and fiscally sustainable manner.” The World Bank Group, according to a release from its Nigeria office in Abuja, continued its strong commitment to Africa approving $8.25 billion in...
(Bloomberg 07/31/13)
Malian presidential candidate Soumaila Cisse’s campaign disputed a statement from a government minister that former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita may win the July 28 election without a run-off. Minister of Territorial Administration Moussa Sinko Coulibaly told reporters yesterday that Keita held a “significant” lead and if the gap was maintained, there would be no need for a run-off vote. He has until Aug. 2 to send the preliminary results to the constitutional court, which will publish them. The ministry has counted 12 percent of the ballots rather than a third as Coulibaly said yesterday, Gouagnon Coulibaly, the national coordinator of Cisse’s campaign, said today by phone from Bamako, the capital. Keita, 68, leads Cisse, a 63-year-old former commission chairman...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/13)
After the first round of Mali's presidential elections, Tuareg rebels confined to camps in the north are preparing to discuss the future of their vast desert homeland with the country's new leader. Yet in Kidal, a remote town on an ancient Saharan trading route from where the light-skinned, turban-clad warriors have staged four revolts since the 1960s, long-term peace is a distant dream. Voting for the next head-of-state went ahead without incident in the Tuareg stronghold, 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) north-east of Bamako, near the Algerian border. But local people were hardly engaged with the ballot: turnout was estimated by the election commission at 12 percent in the district. Many Tuareg -- whose families have worked the trans-Saharan caravan routes...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/13)
Nigeria will Wednesday begin withdrawal of some of its troops from Mali because they are needed back home, where the country is battling a deadly Islamist insurgency, officials said Tuesday. It was not clear how many troops would be pulled from the west African nation, where Nigeria currently has some 1,000 troops, spokesman of the defence headquarters, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade said in a statement. "The defence headquarters will tomorrow (Wednesday) commence the withdrawal of some Nigerian troops from the Peace Support Operations in Mali," it said. "The troops are mainly those not accommodated in the structures of the newly formed United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). They are to join the ongoing internal security operations in...
(Bloomberg 07/31/13)
Former Malian Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has a “significant” lead over his rivals with a third of the ballots counted from the July 28 presidential election, a government minister said. If that gap is confirmed, there would be no need for a run-off vote, Moussa Sinko Coulibaly, minister of territorial administration, told reporters in the capital, Bamako yesterday. Coulibaly has until Aug. 2 to send the preliminary results to the constitutional court, which will publish them. Mali’s first presidential election since an army coup and a French military offensive against rebels in the north won praise from foreign monitors including the European Union and the International Republican Institute. Donors deemed the vote necessary before they can resume aid to...
(Voice of America 07/31/13)
Partial results from Mali's presidential election show that front-runner and former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is leading and may win an outright victory. Mali's minister of territorial administration, Colonel Moussa Sinko Coulibaly, announced Tuesday that Keita is comfortably ahead with one-third of the votes counted. Coulibaly did not reveal the extent of the margin but says if it is maintained, there will be no need for a runoff vote. "There is one candidate, notably candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who has a a wide margin compared with the other candidates. The gaps are important. If these gaps are confirmed, there will not be a second round for the July 28 presidential elections. Nevertheless, everything is in place so that if...
(Voice of America 07/31/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The United Nations’ AIDS agency is hailing what officials describe as significant progress in the fight against the epidemic in eastern and southern Africa. The report says AIDS-related deaths have declined dramatically and that the number of new infections has decreased - a direct result of more available treatment. But, they warned, challenges remain. Top health and aid officials praised the gains in the fight against AIDS in southern and eastern Africa - among them, a nearly 40 percent drop in AIDS-related deaths since 2005, and a 50 percent drop in new infections among children since 2001. The cause, they said was simple: The number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatment has increased tenfold, from 625,000 in 2005 to...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/31/13)
LAGOS, July 31 | Wed Jul 31, 2013 (Reuters) - The chairman of African lender Ecobank Transnational (ETI) has repaid a set of loans he took from the bank and no company rules were broken by the transactions, Chief Executive Thierry Tanoh said on Wednesday. South African sovereign fund manager PIC, a 20 percent shareholder in the African bank, has said they would wait for the board of directors to investigate and draw conclusions over the allegations around debt taken out by chairman Kolapo Lawson on August 5. The lender itself has said previously that the loans, which the Financial Times reported were the subject of a boardroom battle, were performing. Tanoh said on Wednesday they were contracted two years...
(CNN 07/31/13)
(CNN) -- A decade after Angola emerged from devastating civil war, the sea front road that winds around the bay of its capital, Luanda, is now dotted with multi-million dollar condominiums, exclusive clubs, and boutique stores catering for the country's elite. Most of Luanda's population, however, live in the nearby slums, where health facilities are non-existent and children must work, not study, to survive. Africa's natural resource wealth has certainly fueled a decade of rapid growth, but most Africans have still not seen the benefits. More urgently, rapid population growth combined with deepening inequality could one day prove explosive. It does not have to be this way, of course. Botswana successfully used its diamond wealth to develop quickly, growing from...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/13)
BAMAKO | Tue Jul 30, 2013 (Reuters) - Malian former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita holds a comfortable lead and could win an outright first round victory in a high-stakes presidential election, the West African nation's minister of territorial administration said on Tuesday. Voters turned out in large numbers on Sunday, eager for a fresh start after a March 2012 coup allowed separatist and al Qaeda-linked rebels to seize the desert north last year.. It took an offensive by thousands of French troops in January to scatter them into the desert and mountains. "After one third of votes counted, one candidate, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has a wide margin compared with the other candidates," Colonel Moussa Sinko Coulibaly told journalists in...
(AL Jazeera 07/30/13)
Malian and French leaders have praised the calm and smooth-running presidential vote in Mali, the first election since a coup last year led to a violent rebellion in the north. There were no reports of violence in Sunday's poll despite threats to "strike" polling stations by armed rebels who had occupied northern Mali before being ousted in January by a French-led military intervention. Local and international observers said there had been a strong turnout in the populous south, although official data have yet to be released, giving rise to optimism that the voting rate would exceed the 36 percent achieved in 2007 elections. French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Monday declared elections in Mali a "great success" for France. "Congratulations...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/29/13)
BAMAKO | Mon Jul 29, 2013 (Reuters) - Ballot counting began in Mali after voters turned out in large numbers on Sunday for a presidential election they hope will provide a fresh start for the West African nation after more than a year of turmoil, war and an army coup. Polling ended at 12.00 p.m. ET and, as night fell, officials started tallying results. Election officials at a school in Bamako used electric lamps to check ballot papers for thumbprints and witnesses sat at wooden students' desks jotting down results using mobile phones for light. Observers said they had not yet received reports of major incidents, a positive sign that Mali is moving toward recovery after a March 2012 coup...
(BBC News Africa 07/29/13)
France has hailed Mali's presidential election, the first since a coup and an Islamist-led insurgency which it helped repel, a "great success". Ex-Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubakar Keita's supporters celebrated in the capital, Bamako, as they predicted an outright win for him in Sunday's vote. The state broadcaster said Mr Keita was in the lead, as votes are counted. He had pledged to restore Mali's honour after it was forced to rely on France to fight the Islamists. France sent more than 4,000 troops in January to regain control of northern towns and cities from al-Qaeda-linked militants. Congratulations are in order that the Mali elections went off well” Jean-Marc Ayrault French PM The Islamists had captured territory with the backing of...

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