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Extremist threat could deter voters in Mali’s second round

Mali’s first round of voting last month saw electoral agents killed and voting materials destroyed by extremists linked to al-Qaida. Now on Sunday the country will go for round two. Incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita faces off against Soumaila Cisse, who also challenged him in a runoff in 2013. Nearly 43 percent of voters made it to the polls on July 29 amid rising insecurity in the West African nation, while officials called the vote otherwise well-conducted. Many Malians worry that the unrest will increase and keep people from voting again. SIGN UP Mohammed Cisse, a local official in Boni…