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Mali Mormon presidential hopeful loses election

Published: Friday, Sept. 4 2015 9:07 a.m. MDT

Yeah Samake expressed his congratulations to the future president of Mali in a conference. (Screenshot from Malibuzz.com) Yeah Samake expressed his congratulations to the future president of Mali in a conference. (Screenshot from Malibuzz.com)

Yeah Samake, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and one of the 28 Malian presidential candidates, brought in .56 percent of the votes in Mali's July 28 election.

Former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will have a run-off with former finance minister Soumaila Cisse because Keita’s 39.24 percent of votes failed to secure a clear majority. Mali’s second round of voting is scheduled for Aug. 11.

In a conference, Samake expressed his congratulations to Mali’s future president, as well as thanks to those who helped with his campaign. He has not released a statement on whether he plans to run for president again in the future.

This year’s election yielded a record 51.54 percent turnout, according to CBC News. Previous elections in the country never drew in more than 40 percent of registered voters. This election had been postponed more than a year because of a military coup that left Mali in an unstable condition.

Mali presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita gestures after casting his ballot in Bamako, Mali, on July 28. (Harouna Traore, Associated Press) Mali presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita gestures after casting his ballot in Bamako, Mali, on July 28. (Harouna Traore, Associated Press)

Abby Stevens is a writer for the DeseretNews.com Faith and Family sections. She is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University–Idaho. Contact Abby at astevens@deseretdigital.com.

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