France tells UN Mali must stick to election timetable

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France told the United Nations General Assembly Monday it was "imperative" Mali stick to its election timetable, after the country's premier said a planned...
vote may be delayed.

Malian Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga told AFP in an interview Sunday that presidential and legislative elections scheduled for February 27 next year could be postponed by months.

"It is imperative to respect" the schedule, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a pre-recorded video address.

The elections, promised by strongman Colonel Assimi Goita, are aimed at restoring civilian rule following a coup in August last year against elected president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Maiga said the vote could be delayed…
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