Mahamadou Issoufou re-elected President of Niger


Niger’s incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou of the centre-left Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS-TARRAYYA) has won the presidential election second round runoff in controversial circumstances.

Ibrahim Boube, the head of the Commission Électorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI), announced that Issoufou had taken 92.5% of the vote on a 60% turnout. His opponent Hama Amadou of the Nigerien Democratic Movement for an African Federation (MODEN/FA) is reported to have taken 7.5% of the vote.

Amadou ran his election campaign from a prison cell having been imprisoned for what he said was a politically motivated series of charges. Although he took 17.73% of the vote in the first round on 21st February he had decided to boycott the second round but the electoral commission said it was too late to remove his name from the ballot paper. He urged his supporters not to vote and on 16th March Hama Amadou was flown to Paris for medical treatment after collapsing in prison.

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