Aug. 2 - Presidential elections will go to a run-off in Mali, after no candidate won an outright majority. Tom Dinham reports.
Announcing the results of Mali's election on Friday, it was clear no one had secured an outright majority. (SOUNDBITE) (French) MINISTER OF TERRITORIAL ADMINISTRATION COLONEL MOUSSA SINKO COULIBALY, SAYING: "Candidate Soumaila Cisse 605,901 votes. That is 19.44 percent. Candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita 1, 222, 657 votes. That is 39.24 percent. Candidate Jamille Bittar 54,350 votes that is 1.74 percent" This means Malians will have to go to the polls a second time to vote in a run-off. But Mali's Constitutional Court must confirm the provisional results before the second-round vote can go ahead on August 11. The announcement of a run-off should ease tensions that have risen since Tuesday when partial results gave former prime-minister Keita a large lead, putting him on track for an outright victory in one round. A record 51.54 percent of registered voters took part in the high-stakes ballot, which is meant to give the West African nation a fresh start after 18 months of political turmoil and war.