On 4 July, Mali’s Constitutional Court released its final list (.pdf, French) of 24 candidates for the 29 July presidential elections. Here they are (pp. 9-10):
- Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA
- Aliou DIALLO
- Choguel Kokalla MAÏGA;
- Harouna SANKARE
- Housseini Amion GUINDO
- Mamadou Oumar SIDIBE
- Soumaïla CISSE
- Dramane DEMBELE
- Moussa Sinko COULIBALY
- Cheick Mohamed Abdoulaye Souad dit Modibo DIARRA
- Niankoro Yeah SAMAKE
- Modibo KONE
- Daba DIAWARA
- Mamadou DIARRA
- Mohamed Ali BATHILY
- Mamadou TRAORE
- Modibo SIDIBE
- Hamadoun TOURE
- Modibo KADJOKE
- Adama KANE
- Kalfa SANOGO
- Madame Djénéba N’DIAYE
- Oumar MARIKO
- Mountaga TALL
- Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (“IBK”) is the incumbent president.
- Soumaila Cisse was the runner-up in the 2013 presidential election.
- Dramane Dembele placed third in the 2013 election.
- Modibo Diarra (one of those initially excluded by the 30 June decision) was acting prime minister from April-December 2012, in other words amid the jihadist/rebel occupation of northern Mali.
- Moussa Sinko Coulibaly is a retired general.
Many of the others have serious resumes too, including various former ministers, mayors, and other experienced politicians. At least ten of the 24 candidates for this year’s elections also ran in the last election in 2013, although most of them performed quite dismally (French).
I have no real sense of the incumbent’s chances, although my gut feeling is that he will win. This is not necessarily due to popularity – on two short trips to Bamako earlier this year, it seemed to me that he was relatively unpopular, at least in the capital – but perhaps more due to various elites’ calculations about the future. And in that vein, as always, it’s worth keeping an eye (French) on Prime Minister Maiga.
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