Mali president wins second five-year term

May 4, 2007 03:49


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President Amadou Toumani Toure has won a second five-year term as leader of this West African country, according to provisional results released by the Interior Ministry. Toure received 68 percent of the vote, far more than the 51 percent he needed to avoid a runoff election, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Boubacar Sow Thursday. The second-place finisher, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita Keita, received 19 percent. Turnout for Sunday's vote was about 36 percent nationwide, Sow said. Impoverished Mali has been widely held up as a model of democracy in a turbulent region, with Sunday's vote its fourth consecutive multiparty election.

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