In the African nation of Mali are Sunday morning, the polling stations open for the presidential elections. About eight million Malians may Sunday to vote for a successor to be chosen for the current president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Mali also known as IBK.
Although Ibrahim Boubacar Keita over the past five years failed to bring peace, fight corruption, improve infrastructure, or unemployment, he is the big favourite to be himself, to follow in the presidential election.
The largest opposition may IBK expect from Soumaïla Cissé, but the question is whether Cissé Keita to a second round will be able to force.
The 23,000 polling stations went to Sunday 08.00 hrs local time (09.00 cet) to open and close at 18.00 hrs (19.00 hrs Belgian time). Provisional results after five days are expected.
In total, there are 24 presidential candidates, but except for IBK and Cissé are going mainly to outsiders. Among the candidates is also one woman. The Malian constitution has limited the number of presidentstermijnen to two five-year terms.