>> Ibrahim Boubacar Kéïta has won the election in Mali. The incumbent president victorious in the run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse. Kéïta now faces the giant task of lifting Mali out of a spiral of Islamist and ethnic violence in its center and north. Attacks there worsened in the months leading up to the vote, despite the presence of UN and French troops.
Western powers has put Mali high on the list of security concerns. It's thought that militants, some linked to Al Qaeda and Islamic state, are regrouping in the northern desert. Threats by Jihadist militants forced nearly 500 polling stations to stay closed during Sunday's run-off. One election official was killed, voter turnout was impacted.
Only 34% of the electorate took part in the poll. The opposition blames Kéïta for the worsening violence and accuses his government of rampant corruption. Reports have recorded more than 930 militant attacks in the first half of 2018. That's almost double the entirety of last year. Despite bitter rhetoric leading up to Thursday's results, the streets of Mali's capital, Bamako and other main cities remained calm this week.
Whether that peace continues is now in Kéïta's hands.