Rally for Mali
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|President||Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta|
|International affiliation||Socialist International|
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The Rally for Mali (French Rassemblement pour le Mali) is a Malian political party created by Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in June 2001. In 2013, Keita was elected President of Mali following several attempts, and the party took first place in parliamentary elections, winning 66 seats, although not enough for a majority.
In October 2000, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, the former prime minister of Mali, resigned from incumbent President Alpha Oumar Konaré's party, the Alliance for Democracy in Mali-African Party for Solidarity and Justice (ADEMA-PASJ), over which he had presided since 1994. With activists and executives in tow, Keïta created the movement Alternative 2002 in February 2001 to back his bid for president. The Rally for Mali followed in June.
In the first round of the presidential election, held in April 2002, Keïta won 21.04% of the vote, finishing third, after the official candidate of the ADEMA-PASJ, Soumaïla Cissé, and the winner, Mali's next president, Amadou Toumani Touré.
Along with the National Congress for Democratic Initiative (Congrès national d’initiative démocratique) (CNID) and the Patriotic Movement for Revival (Mouvement patriotique pour le renouveau) (MPR), Rally for Mali was part of the Hope 2002 coalition (Espoir 2002) for the 2002 legislative elections. After those elections, Rally for Mali became the second biggest political party in Mali, with 45 deputies.
The Rally won roughly 13% of the vote in municipal elections of May 30, 2004.
The Rally for Mali finally won presidential and parliamentary elections in 2013, when Mali transitioned back to democracy following a military coup.
The symbol of the party is the weaver.
- "IBK investi par son parti candidat à l’élection présidentielle prochaine au Mali", African Press Agency, January 28, 2007 (French).
- "Présidentielle au Mali: la Cour constitutionnelle valide la réélection de Touré", Agence France-Presse, May 12, 2007 (French).
- "Mali: Résultats définitifs des Législatives - l'Adéma/PASJ perd dans trois localités", Les Echos, August 13, 2007 (French).
- List of Socialist International member parties.
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