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Keita Wins Mali Presidency, Eight Months After French Intervention



BAMAKO – Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won Mali’s presidency after his opponent conceded defeat late Monday.

Former Finance Minister Soumaila Cisse, who had denounced electoral fraud during the first round, congratulated his rival on his victory in Sunday’s second round. Cisse told the AFP: “My family and I went and congratulated Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and wished him good look.”

Ma famille & moi-même sommes partis chez M. Keita, futur président du Mali, le féliciter pour sa victoire. Que Dieu bénisse le #Mali

— Soumaila CISSE (@Soumailacisse) August 12, 2013

"My family and I went and congratulated Mr Keita, the future president of Mali, on his victory. May God bless Mali"

Keita, known by his initials, IBK, had been expected to win the vote as he was backed by 22 of the 25 candidates who did not qualify for the second round. However, the newly elected president was pleased by the conduct of the elections and the visit of his opponent, the local newswebsite, Journal du Mali, reports. "That is a symbol of the new Mali," Keita said Monday evening.

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The hardest part is still to come for the new Malian president. Indeed the election comes only a year-and-a-half after a military coup and eight months after a French-led intervention to oust Islamist rebels from the North of the country.

To help rebuild the state, Keita will have at his disposal more than $4 billion in foreign aid promised after a democratically elected government would be established in Mali.

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Is Disney's "Wish" Spreading A Subtle Anti-Christian Message To Kids?

Disney's new movie "Wish" is being touted as a new children's blockbuster to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary. But some Christians may see the portrayal of the villain as God-like and turning wishes into prayers as the ultimate denial of the true message of Christmas.

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For the Christmas holiday season?

Joseph Holmes

Christians have always had a love-hate relationship with Disney since I can remember. Growing up in the Christian culture of the 1990s and early 2000s, all the Christian parents I knew loved watching Disney movies with their kids – but have always had an uncomfortable relationship with some of its messages. It was due to the constant Disney tropes of “follow your heart philosophy” and “junior knows best” disdain for authority figures like parents that angered so many. Even so, most Christians felt the benefits had outweighed the costs.

That all seems to have changed as of late, with Disney being hit more and more by claims from conservatives (including Christian conservatives) that Disney is pushing more and more radical progressive social agendas, This has coincided with a steep drop at the box office for Disney.

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