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Al Jazeera 30 Mar 2020

Polls close in Mali amid coronavirus threat, security fears


Polls have closed in Mali's long-delayed parliamentary elections marred by gunmen abducting observers in a bid to stop the vote.
Turnout was low due to security concerns and fears over the coronavirus.
The election had been postponed twice previously because of violence by armed groups.
But it went ahead this time, despite the kidnapping of opposition leader Soumaila Cisse.

Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports.

Turnout has been very low in Mali's election with voters put off by the twin threat of the coronavirus and continuing violence from ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda affiliates, who have called for a boycott of the vote.
And those who took part in the second-round ballot say their country needs a functioning government in order to change.
The vote had been postponed because of security concerns.

Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports.

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