Mali Votes Under Threat of Violence

Mali is holding parliamentary elections amid fears of possible violence by Islamist militants.

Polling stations nationwide opened as scheduled Sunday, but initial reports said voter turnout was light.

Malians elected Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as president in a peaceful election in August. But recent weeks have seen a new surge of violence by militants, including the November 2 killing of two French journalists in the northern city of Kidal.

The polls are meant to advance Mali’s…