President Issoufou’s ally, Mohamed Bazoum takes early lead in Niger’s presidential runoff

EYEAFRICA TV: Niamey, NIGER:- Mohamed Bazoum, an ally of incumbent Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, took an early lead in the race to become the next president of Niger.

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.

With results from 38 of Niger’s 266 communes counted, Bazoum has 54% of the vote, data published on the electoral commission’s website shows on Monday. His main rival, Mahamane Ousmane, is following closely with 45% of the votes, the commission said.

Outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou is 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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