Mali holds delayed legislative polls despite COVID-19, security threats | A

Malians vote Sunday in a long-delayed parliamentary election, despite a raging terrorist conflict, the recent kidnap of a leading opposition politician and the coronavirus pandemic.

Experts see the vote as a key step towards leading the West African state out of its spiral of violence and closer to a political solution to stop the bloodshed. The parliamentary election has been delayed several times since 2018, mostly over security concerns. But Mali’s government says the poll will go ahead on Sunday, even as the novel coronavirus has added to the country’s chronic security problems.

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