Agence France-PresseAugust 10, 2013 23:32
Mali, which holds the second round of its presidential election on Sunday, is a landlocked, impoverished state in west Africa:
- GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Mali, a largely desert country which is crossed by the Niger River, is 1,240,000 square kilometres (478,800 square miles) in area, and is bordered by seven countries.
- POPULATION: 14.85 million in 2012 (World Bank). Divided into 20 ethnic groups, including the Bambara, Fulani, Marka, Senufo, Soninke, Tuareg, Songhai, Malinke and Dogon.
- CAPITAL: Bamako.