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Will Mali presidential election take place?

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Reuters/Stringer
By: Alexandra Brangeon

Mali's presidential election is due to take place on 28 July. Although many have welcomed the news, there remains serious concerns about the possibility of a free and fair vote. But is the timetable unrealistic in the deeply divided nation, which is emerging from war and an 18-month political crisis? Han van Dijk, a Mali researcher at Leiden University in the Netherlands, looks at the chances of the poll taking place as planned. 

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