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Election in Niger: Mohamed Bazoum wins historic vote amid protests

Mohamed Bazoum, winner of the presidential election in Niger (February 21)

A former inside minister, Mohamed Bazoum, gained Niger’s presidential election, which has been hailed as a primary democratic transition for the coup-prone West African state.

He gained 55.75% of the vote, mentioned the electoral fee, with opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane on 44.25%.

Supporters of Mr. Ousmane, a former president, protested within the streets, alleging fraud.

Niger grapples with frequent droughts, insurgencies and widespread poverty.

The poorest nation on the earth based on the UN growth rating of 189 international locations, it banned slavery till 2003.

It was affected by an outburst of violence from two jihadist insurgencies in neighboring Mali and Nigeria.

Mr Bazoum, 61, was the ruling celebration’s candidate in Sunday’s second spherical of voting. He’s anticipated to succeed President Mahamdou Issoufou, who’s resigning after two five-year phrases.

Nevertheless, supporters of the defeated Mr. Ousmane gathered in areas thought-about to be his strongholds within the capital, Niamey.

Lalla Sy of the BBC in neighboring Côte d’Ivoire stories that tires had been burned and stones had been thrown at a car belonging to the ruling celebration.

Mr. Ousmane, 71, was Niger’s first democratically elected president in 1993 however was overthrown in a navy coup three years later.

The provisional outcomes have but to be confirmed by the Constitutional Courtroom.

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