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Mali presidential run-off candidates woo also-rans

Mali's former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta arrives at a stadium in Bamako for a gathering of his party on January 14, 2013. The two candidates set to vie in Mali's presidential election run-off have launched crunch negotiations with the 25 also-rMali's presidential favourite received surprise backing from a rival on Saturday ahead of a run-off vote in its first polls since a coup toppled one of west Africa's most stable democracies.