Aug. 11 - Former Prime Minister Keita is the favorite to win a presidential election in Mali, that voters hope will restore stability. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Voters head to the polls in Mali. Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is the favorite to win the presidential election. The winner of the run-off ballot will oversee more than $4 billion in foreign aid promised to rebuild the West African nation. In January France sent thousands of troops to Mali to break the grip of al Qaeda-linked rebels in the North. The voters are looking for a better future. (SOUNDBITE)(Bambara) AMINATA TRAORE, HOUSEWIFE, SAYING: "We came to vote for a candidate who will bring happiness to Mali. We are fed up, we've suffered for so long. May God grant victory to the candidate who will bring us happiness." Mali is Africa's number three gold producer. But the country, twice the size of France - is one of the world's poorest and least developed nations.