Mali presidential vote goes to runoff on Aug 11: Govt

Election workers count votes at a station that reported an 88 per cent turnout, with voters filling in the registration rolls with pages of remarkably consistent signatures and thumbprints in Kidal, Mali on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Mali's presidential
Election workers count votes at a station that reported an 88 per cent turnout, with voters filling in the registration rolls with pages of remarkably consistent signatures and thumbprints in Kidal, Mali on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Mali's presidential election will go to a second round on Sunday, Aug 11, 2013, the government said on Friday, Aug 2, 2013, with no candidate securing a majority in the landmark poll. -- PHOTO: AP

BAMAKO (AFP) - Mali's presidential election will go to a second round on Aug 11, the government said on Friday, with no candidate securing a majority in the landmark poll.

Figures for Sunday's ballot announced on live television showed former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in the lead with 39.2 per cent of the vote, ahead of main rival Soumaila Cisse with 19.4 per cent.