Niger ruling social gathering’s Bazoum declared winner of presidential election

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Ruling social gathering candidate Mohamed Bazoum was declared the winner of Niger’s presidential election on Tuesday whereas his opponent alleged fraud and opposition supporters burned tyres within the streets, Pattern stories citing Reuters.

Bazoum, a 61-year-old former inside minister, received 55.75% of the vote in Sunday’s election, based on the electoral fee. He beat Mahamane Ousmane, a former president who was toppled by a coup in 1996. The provisional outcomes should nonetheless be confirmed by the constitutional courtroom.

The election is supposed to usher in Niger’s first transition from one democratically elected chief to a different, with President Mahamadou Issoufou stepping down after two five-year phrases.

“I’m profoundly grateful to the folks of Niger for the arrogance they’ve proven by electing me president of the republic,” Bazoum mentioned on Twitter. “I might be a loyal servant to it to confront all the issues that our nation faces.”

Shortly earlier than the outcomes have been declared, Ousmane’s marketing campaign mentioned there had been widespread fraud, together with the theft and stuffing of poll packing containers and threats towards voters. It didn’t present any proof.

“We demand the quick suspension of the publication of those outcomes, which don’t in any method keep in mind the expressed will of the Nigerien folks for change,” Ousmane’s marketing campaign supervisor mentioned in a press release.

Outdoors Ousmane’s marketing campaign headquarters and in different components of the capital Niamey, his supporters protested by burning tyres. Police fired tear gasoline to disperse them.

The electoral fee has not but commented on the allegations of irregularities. An observer mission from the Financial Neighborhood of West African States mentioned the vote was held “below free, truthful, credible and clear situations”.

It was marred, nevertheless, by two assaults that killed eight folks in two areas the place Islamist militants are lively, fee president Issaka Souna mentioned.

Seven of the victims have been election staff within the western Tillabery area, close to the border with Mali, whose car struck a landmine as they headed to the polls.

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