Mali opposition leaders refuse to back challenger in presidential run-off


BAMAKO (Reuters) – 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, dealing a blow to his hopes of defeating President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Soumaila Cisse, leader of opposition party URD (Union for the Republic and Democracy), speaks during a protest against what they say were irregularities in the first-round vote count, inside the cultural palace of Bamako, Mali August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

Keita, who is seeking a second term despite jihadist attacks and…



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