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An Historic Day in Mali

A man casts his vote for president at a polling station in Kidal, Mali.

After a 16-month struggle through war, a coup d’état, and an international intervention, Mali’s historic July 28th elections would prove critical in satiating both Malian and international eagerness to put past crises behind them.  As a first tour officer in the political section, I was tasked with organizing U.S. Embassy Bamako’s observation effort.

After weeks of preparation, sleepless nights, and logistics galore, we’d put a plan in place to field 29 teams in seven regions around the country to provide real-time election information.  I’d like to say…more