Roundup of Congratulatory Statements from World Leaders to Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on His Re-Election

On 16 August, Mali’s incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was proclaimed the winner of the country’s elections. On 20 August, the Constitutional Court certified the victory.

Congratulatory phone calls and statements came from a variety of other world leaders. I’ve rounded up some of the readouts and texts, leaning partly on a previous roundup at Jeune Afrique. Here they are, in roughly chronological order

  • Senegalese President Macky Sall, phone call, 16 August.
  • Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, statement, 16 August. (Note: Keita’s first trip after winning re-election was to meet Ould Abdel Aziz in Mauritania.)
  • Chadian President Idriss Deby, phone call (I think; the text is unclear), 16 August.
  • Former French President François Hollande, phone call, 16 August.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron, phone call, 17 August.
  • Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, statement on Twitter, 17 August.
  • Moroccan King Mohammed VI, statement, 17 August.
  • Burkinabé President Roch Marc Kaboré, phone call, 17 August.
  • European Union, statement by the spokesperson, 20 August.
  • U.S. Department of State, statement by the spokesperson, 20 August.
  • UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin, statement, 22 August.

As I say in a forthcoming piece, I think opposition candidate Soumaïla Cissé has almost no chance of overturning the outcome. With Paris, Brussels, Washington, London, and the whole sub-region recognizing Keïta as Mali’s president, I think it’s a done deal.

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