Mali. According to
Countryaah website, former military leader Amadou Touré won the May
presidential election. He received 64% of the votes in the
second round, compared to 36% for the ruling party ADEMA's
candidate, former Finance Minister Soumaila Cissé. An
opposition alliance called Hope in 2002 supported Touré.
The presidential election was followed by parliamentary
elections in August. Hope in 2002, dominated by the Party
for Mali, received 66 of Parliament's 139 seats, while AREMA
with allied parties received 45 seats. Touré, who did not
represent any party, had said he could cooperate with either
of the two blocs. He appointed prime minister Ahmed Ag
Hamani, who also formed a unity government, with the
participation of most major parties.
Although Mali is Africa's third largest gold producer and
the second largest cotton producer, the country is among the
world's poorest. However, Mali is regarded as a democratic
example for Africa and has a good reputation in aid circles.
The former colonial power France promised to write off 40%
of Mali's debt of about EUR 200 million before the end of the
year, which meant that Mali got rid of about 15% of its total