24 candidates get go ahead in Mali election

MALI- Mali’s constitutional court on Wednesday gave 24 candidates the green light to run in the country’s upcoming presidential election, set for July 29.

Six candidates saw their bids rejected in the body’s final decision.

Only last week the court accepted 17 candidates and rejected 13 in a provisional decisions.

After initially being denied entry, former prime minister Cheick Mohamed Abdoulaye Souad,  known as Modibo Diarra and former ministers Choguel Choguel Kokala Maiga and Mountaha Tall were allowed to take part in the poll.

According to the court judgement Harouna Sankara a religious leader from a crisis hit central Mali will also be allowed to run. Previously the court denied entry from some candidates, they were asked to provide a list of elected leaders supporting their candidacy.

The main candidates, current president Ibrahima Boubacar Keita and opposition frontrunner Soumaila Cisse’s candidacies were accepted, including  candidacy’s from former minister, Mohamed Ali Bathily, and a business woman, Djeneba N’Diaye.

The election campaigning is expected to start July 7.

Security concerns have postponed the elections since 2013 as Mali grapples with Islamist extremists attacks.

Photo Credit- Africa Research Institute

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