Mali : presidential run-off

Soumaila Cisse, leader of opposition party URD (Union for the Republic and Democracy). © Twitter

Casablanca (ADV) – The third and fourth-place finishers in the first round of Mali’s presidential election declined on Thursday to endorse opposition leader Soumaila Cisse in Sunday’s run-off.

Keita, who is seeking a second term, won the first round last month with over 41 percent of the vote. Cisse finished second with nearly 18 percent.

The third-place finisher Aliou Diallo and fourth-placed Cheick Modibo Diarra.

But Diallo, who received 8 percent of the vote, and Diarra, who claimed over 7 percent, both encouraged their supporters to make up their own minds for the second round.