UN mission stands ready to aid Mali in presidential runoff

UN mission stands ready to aid Mali in presidential runoff
# 03 August 2013 00:10 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. As Mali is heading for a presidential runoff election later this month, the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA) will provide all kinds of necessary assistance to the electoral process in accordance with its mandate, a UN spokesman said here on Friday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The Malian electoral authorities on Friday announced the provisional results of the presidential elections held on July 28, and final results will be proclaimed by the constitutional court after review, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said at a daily news briefing, citing a report from the UN mission.

"A runoff election between the top two candidates is scheduled to take place on Aug. 11," Nesirky said. "In accordance with its mandate, the (UN) Mission will continue to provide security, technical and logistical assistance to the electoral process."

"The Mission stands ready to assist Malian authorities as requested," Nesirky added.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a former prime minister and speaker of the Malian parliament, received some 39.2 percent of the 3.1 million votes that were cast across the West African country, according to the results announced by Malian Minister of Territorial Administration Moussa Sinko Coulibaly.

Keita will face off against second-place finisher, former finance minister Soumaila Cisse, who received 19.4 percent of the votes.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by the UN Security Council on April 25, 2013.

Under relevant Security Council resolution, MINUSMA is mandated to support the political process and carry out a number of security-related stabilization tasks in the African country.

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