Mali's vast northern desert has been wracked by chronic instability since a military coup back in 2012. Now long-delayed municipal elections in the region's biggest city - Gao - are raising hopes that change could be around the corner.
The count has begun in Mali after an election marred by violence. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's first term was marked by growing insecurity and he faced 23 opponents in the first round.
Incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita failed to reach the 50 percent threshold in the first round vote in the West African state. Eighteen candidates have said they will not accept results marred by irregularities.
The assessment of the Mali elections by the European Union's chief electoral observer, Cecile Kyenge, is that there were no grave incidents. But the poll was not problem-free, says DW correspondent Katrin Gänsler.
One election worker was killed and a number of polling stations had to be closed for the second round of voting to choose a new president for the troubled African state. UN peacekeepers remain watchful.
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