Following French intervention in the country's separatist Azawad region, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that the election should continue as scheduled and that the number of French forces in the country would be halved. Interim Prime Minister Django Sissoko visited Gao in northern Mali for the first time since the French intervention and rebel takeover in April 2013. He announced that the election will take place in July and the preparations were under way. However, unnamed analysts suggested a botched election could lead to further unrest. It was later decided to hold the legislative elections few months after the presidential polls. On 15 December, the second round voter turnout was just 38.5%.
Issaka Sidibé, an RPM Deputy, was elected as President of the National Assembly on 22 January 2014. He received 115 votes, a large majority; 11 deputies voted instead for Oumar Mariko, while 20 deputies cast blank votes and one deputy cast a spoiled vote.