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Mali votes amid coronavirus fears, jihadist threats

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Voters in Mali had to make a choice on Sunday, one that may be likened to choosing between a plague and cholera.

Asking Malians cast their ballots in the country's parliamentary election, on one hand, exposed them to risks of contracting COVID-19 or becoming a victim of a jihadist attack.

On the other hand, staying at home and not casting their ballots handed power for at least the next five years to lawmakers who do not represent the general populace.

Democracy at a high price

The election had been postponed twice — in 2018 and 2019 — due to strikes and political disagreements.

Other contributing factors to the suspensions were the country's security situation, which began after the fall of former President Amadou Amani Toure in 2012, and the subsequent ransacking of half of the country by jihadists.

Cases of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, recorded in the past weeks also added salt to the country's........

© Deutsche Welle