Mali

New President of Mali Vows To Unite the Nation

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won 77.6 percent of the vote

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Mali's newly sworn in leader Ibrahim Boubacar Keita pledged on Wednesday (03.09.2013) to unite the deeply divided West African nation. The ceremony marked the return to civilian rule after a March,2012 coup.

'IBK' as he is popularly known, also promised to bring peace to Mali, after months of political crisis and conflict that threatened to tear the country apart.

Keita, a former prime minister, began his five-year term in the presence of outgoing transitional leader Dioncounda Traore, Malian politicians, diplomats and military personnel as he took the presidential oath at a ceremony in the capital Bamako.