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Mali authorities disrupts internet access ahead of presidential run-off vote

The source group referred to a map by the Internet intelligence body, confirming that connectivity across the  West African nation has tampered.


Devdiscourse News Desk 11 Aug 2018, 07:23 PM Mali
  • Liberia, Cameroon, Central African Republic and Ethiopia were other locations to face internet tampering. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mali authorities have disrupted internet access ahead of a presidential run-off vote.  According to sources, the Internet has been restricted to prevent the use of Virtual Private Networks and social networks.

The source group referred to a map by the Internet intelligence body, confirming that connectivity across the  West African nation has tampered.

Liberia, Cameroon, Central African Republic and Ethiopia were other locations to face internet tampering.

It is been a trend for African governments to shut the net during elections with a reason to preserve the country’s security.

Opposition and rights groups claim that the move was to help government control information to rig the polls.

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita enters a run-off with main opposition candidate Soumila Cisse after the candidate failed to win the first round in poll of July 29.

“Some people were skeptical about these elections and some asked me to turn them down. They even asked me to go for a transition because they wanted a piece of the cake obviously." said Keita ahead of run-off vote.


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