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>> Malians have started voting on whether to give President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita a second term. It's a referendum that will test the stability of the country. Keita came into power five years ago and widespread ethnic and jihadist violence has dramatically worsened since then. Unrest and insecurity is so heightened that the votes will simply not happen in some parts of the country.
The European Union Observer Mission has urged the Mali government to publish a list of those places to quell suspicions by candidates of fictitious polling stations. Keita and opposition front-runner Soumaila Cisse are expected to be the two main candidates but two dozen others are seeking the highest office in Mali.
The United Nations peacekeeping mission to Mali has suffered more deaths than any in history with some 170 peacekeepers killed.