Mohamed Bazoum declared Niger’s new president as main opposition leader rejects results

EYEAFRICA TV: Niamey, NIGER:- Mohamed Bazoum, an ally of incumbent Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, has been declared the the winner of the country’s presidential election runoff as the main opposition leader rejected the results.

Nigeriens went to the polls on Sunday in the second round of the presidential election that will see the first democratic transition of power since independence from France in 1960.

Bazoum had secured 55.75 percent of the votes, beating former President Mahamane Ousmane who garnered 44.25 percent, Issaka Souna, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), announced on Tuesday.

His main rival, Mahamane Ousmane claims election win on Wednesday despite official results. Ousmane’s campaign alleged widespread fraud, including the theft and stuffing of ballot boxes and threats against voters. It however provides no evidence.

“We demand the immediate suspension of the publication of these results, which do not in any way take into account the expression of the Nigerien people for change,” the campaign team alleged in a statement.

Outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou is voluntarily stepping down after two five-year terms.

Issoufou’s decision to respect the constitution has been widely hailed and paves the way for Niger’s first peaceful transfer of power. The West African nation has seen four coups.

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