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    Voters in Mail went to the polls last week (19 June) to elect a President.?

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    Voters in Mail went to the polls last week (19 June) to elect a President. The sole candidate was the country's leader, General Moussa Traore. He came to power in 1968 following a military coup.

    SYNOPSIS: After ten years of military rule the people of Mali went to the polls to elect a civilian President and an eighty-two-member legislative assembly. The last elected national assembly was dissolved in January, 1968. In November of that year, President Modibo Keita was overthrown by a group of army officers who set up the military Committee of National Liberation. The Military Committee has ruled by decree since then. A new constitution approved in June, 1974, provided that they could remain in power until last weeks election.

    General Traore's party -- the Union Democratique du People Malien -- was founded in September 1976 as the sole party. It was the first step towards the reintroduction of civilian political institutions.

    Because of the high illiteracy rate, voting was not carried out by secret ballot. The newly elected national assembly will choose a national council.

    General Traore was among those who cast a vote in the elections. A Marxist, he has publicised his country's need for more foreign aid to bolster development programmes. Mali's military rulers explained that political activity was suspended for the past decade so that financial and economic problems could be tackled.

    Election results showed that General Traore received 99-point-89 percent of the vote with over ninety percent of the electorate turning out.

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