Mali – Parliamentary Elections Delayed until 2019
Parliamentary elections originally scheduled for October 28 will now be held next year, following a constitutional court extension of the mandate of sitting MPs for six months.
The National Assembly requested the delay, citing a “force majeure” as the country continues to struggle to maintain peace and order in light of rebel and militia activity. Peace accords forged in 2015 between the government and Tuareg rebels are yet to be implemented despite a six-month deadline set by the UN Security Council.
The elections were initially postponed to November 25 last month after a strike by judges resulted in delays to the registration of some candidates.
However, the elections to the National Assembly were due to follow presidential elections in August in which incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was re-elected with 67% of the vote in the second round. His opponent Soumaila Cisse who alleged fraud challenged the results.