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Mohamed Bazoum declared Niger’s new president

Former inside minister garnered 55.75 p.c of the votes, forward of rival Mahamane Ousmane, at 44.25 p.c, election fee broadcasts.

Niger’s electoral fee has declared the governing occasion candidate, Mohamed Bazoum, the winner of the nation’s presidential election runoff.

Bazoum had secured 55.75 p.c of the votes forged on February 21, beating former President Mahamane Ousmane who garnered 44.25 p.c, Issaka Souna, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), introduced on Tuesday.

Outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou is voluntarily stepping down after two five-year phrases, opening the best way to Niger’s first handover of energy between elected leaders since independence from France in 1960.

The impoverished nation in recent times has been battling armed group assaults which have spilled over from Mali within the west and Nigeria within the southeast.

On the polling day, seven native CENI staff have been killed when their automobile hit a landmine within the western area of Tillaberi.

On Monday, an identical explosive system claimed the lifetime of a polling station head within the southeastern area of Diffa. Nine different electoral staff have been injured.

In the primary spherical of voting, held on December 27, Bazoum, a former inside minister and Issoufou’s right-hand man, had picked up simply greater than 39 p.c of the vote. Ousmane got here second, at just under 17 p.c.

Ousmane turned the nation’s first democratically elected president in 1993, solely to be toppled in a coup three years later. This was his fifth try at gaining the presidency since his overthrow.

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