Mali's presidential elections campaigns enter final stage

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The 27 candidates contesting for Mali's July 28 presidential elections have began holding their final meetings in Bamako and interior of the country to make final submissions of their campaign pledges and manifestos.

Just a day before the end of the campaign period on Friday at mid-night, the candidate for National Convention for a United Africa (CNAS-Faso Here) Soumana Sako met with his party's youth and women groups in Bamako.

He reminded them about specific provisions in his manifesto that will be beneficial to both groups, especially free health care as well as education for girls.

Sako's meeting was preceded by caravans organized by his supporters. After the meeting, the candidate for CNAS-Faso Here drove to Koulikoro town, about 60 km from the Malian capital.

On the same Thursday morning, the candidate for YELEMA party Moussa Mara proceeded to end his campaigns at the Bamako International Conference Center at a meeting that focused on the five pillars of his manifesto.

While noting that he will not hold further meetings in the interior of the country, Mara said his campaigns had come to an end, but his supporters can continue sensitizing the public about his campaign promises.

The candidate of the Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD), Soumaila Cisse, met on Thursday morning with thousands of his supporters at the Avenue of the Nation in Bamako. Before welcoming their candidate, Cisse's supporters moved around the streets of Bamako chanting slogans support there candidate.

The candidate of Rally for Mali (RPM), Ibrahim Boubacar Keita chose to use a train before his last campaign day. Keita headed to the towns of Kati and Kita where he would hold his final public rallies in the interior of the country.

On Friday, the candidate for the African Party for Solidarity and Justice (Adema-PASJ), Dramane Dembele, is scheduled to hold his final rally at Modibo Keita stadium in Bamako while Niankoro Yeah Samake of PACP will be holding his final meeting in Bamako's Ouelessebougou district.

Ousmane Ben Fana Traore, the candidate for Citizens' Party for Renewal (PCR), chose to hold his final campaigns outside the country where he is meant to meet with Malians in the diaspora. The rest of the other candidates are holding their final meetings within the national territory. Endi

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