Security Council commends successful elections in Mali

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Security Council President Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval of Argentina. [Photo from file]

The recent presidential elections in Mali are a major step towards the restoration of democratic governance and constitutional order in the country, the Security Council said on Friday.

The vote came after more than a year of crisis in Mali, including a military coup, renewed fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels, and an armed rebellion in the north of the country.

Argentine ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval is the Security Council president for August.

"The members of the Security Council consider the holding of these elections a major step toward the restoration of democratic governance and constitutional order in Mali. The members of the Security Council stress the importance of Malian civilian control and oversight of the military."

The Security Council also expressed appreciation to the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA) which provided security and logistical support during the elections held on 28 July 11 August.

Mali's transitional authorities this week declared Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta the elected President.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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