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.