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Ex-Prime Minister Keita holds wide lead in Mali vote

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Former Malian Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita holds a comfortable lead and could win an outright first-round victory in the West African nation's high-stakes presidential election, the minister of territorial administration said on Tuesday. Full story

Ex-prime minister Keita holds wide lead in Mali vote

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita holds a comfortable lead and could win an outright first round victory in a critical presidential election, the West African nation's minister of territorial administration said on Tuesday. Full story

Malians flock to vote in bid to rebuild broken nation

BAMAKO (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. Full story

Election offers new start for Mali, but no magic wand

BAMAKO (Reuters) - When Mali imploded last year - its president ousted by mutinous soldiers and its north seized by separatist and Islamist rebels - many called for an overhaul of the West African state's flawed democracy, once held up as a model of stability. Full story

Factbox: Main contenders in the race for Mali's presidency

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali holds a presidential election on Sunday after more than a year of turmoil including a coup and a French-led military intervention to free the north from al Qaeda-allied Islamist rebels. Full story

Mali interim president meets with Tuareg rebel leaders

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore has met for the first time with members of two northern Tuareg separatist groups, provoking anger among many in the country's south as ethnic tensions rise ahead of a presidential poll on Sunday. Full story

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