Former Mali Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is Mali’s new president .Mr Keita won Sunday’s presidential run-off by a landslide, official results have confirmed.
Keita won 78% of the vote while his rival in the second round run-off election, Soumaila Cisse, received 22.4% of the vote.
Mr Cisse has conceded defeat and has promised not to challenge the result in court, AFP news agency reports.
Official confirmation of Mr Keita’s victory marks a sharp turnaround in his political fortunes. In 2007, he lost by a landslide to Amadou Toumani Toure, the president toppled in the March 2012 military coup. Officers overthrew the government a month before elections were due.
Keita has become known for his blunt speech, his refusal to compromise and his reputation for toughness.
His regime however begins in controversy over the elevation of Captain Amadou Sanogo, who led a group of fellow mid-level officers to overthrow then-president Amadou Toumani Toure on March 22 last year, had been promoted.
“My euphoria re ‘quality’ of Mali’s democracy is waning,” Robert Piper, the United Nations’ regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel region, posted on Twitter.
Human Rights Watch described Sanogo’s elevation from captain to the rank of lieutenant-general as “outrageous”.