Long-delayed Parliamentary elections held in Mali

The war-torn West African country, Mali underwent polls for the Parliamentary election on March 30 amidst the corona crisis affecting most of the nations globally bringing countries to a standstill. The pandemic also instilled a sense of panic and fear about the vote.

The parliamentary election was held to elect members of the 147-seat National Assembly. Because of the security concern, the election has witnessed several postponements with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita being re-elected in 2018.

The voting excluded about 200,000 people displaced by the ongoing violence in northern and central Mali because of infrastructural limitations at hand and the government officials said, because “no mechanism has been established” to facilitate their participation, they were excluded. The pre-election process also saw the abduction of the veteran opposition leader Soumaila Cisse of the Union for the Republic and Democracy party and six of his members on March 25. The abduction is alleged to be backed by a jihadist group linked to Al-Qaida. 

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