Issoufou wins presidential election


The Independent Electoral Commission for Niger has declared Mahamadou Issoufou the winner of the 12th March 2011 presidential election.

Mr Issoufou took 58% of the vote with his rival and supporter of the ousted president, Seini Oumarou, taking  42%.

A military coup ousted President Mamadou Tandja in January 2010 after he had attempted to do away with presidential terms.  The junta promised to return the country to democracy as soon as possible and no members of the junta were allowed to take part in elections.

The election process has been praised by independent observers and the international community.

A constitutional court has two weeks in which to verify the results.

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