UN, EU urge restraint in Mali after opposition leader spurns results

The United Nations and European Union called for restraint in Mali on Tuesday after the opposition candidate said he would reject the results of a presidential run-off.

Provisional results of the faceoff between President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 73, and former finance minister Soumaila Cisse, 68, are expected on Wednesday, according to an official source.

The president’s camp claimed Tuesday that he would be re-elected by a “comfortable” margin.

“We are calmly waiting for the official results which will be announced shortly by the competent authorities,” the president’s campaign manager Boukary Treta told a press conference.

Opposition leader Cisse said on Monday he would reject the results of the vote, which was marred by violence, low turnout and accusations of fraud.

Source: Seychelles News Agency