Aug. 15 - The Malian presidential favorite Ibrahim Boubacar Keita wins with 77 percent of the vote, the government says. Lily Grimes reports.
The results are out. Mali's presidential election run-off was decisively won by the favourite, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. A majority of 77 percent gives him a strong mandate for sweeping reforms in the war-torn West African state. The minister for territorial administration announced the results Thursday. UPSOT This marks a transition back to democratic rule after a military coup in March 2012 plunged the country into turmoil. Former Prime Minister Keita says his priority is lasting peace in the north of the country. He also pledged to eliminate widespread corruption and revive Mali's ailing economy.