Elections Offer Little Hope in Niger After Opposition Leader’s Arrest

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou at a summit on migration, Valletta, Malta, Nov. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Antonio Calanni).
Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou at a summit on migration, Valletta, Malta, Nov. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Antonio Calanni).
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With just two and a half months to go before presidential and legislative elections in Niger, the political climate is turning increasingly sour. The tensions ahead of February’s vote broke into the open last month when former Prime Minister Hama Amadou—the leader of the opposition Moden Lumana party who has declared his plans to stand as a presidential candidate next year—was arrested on his arrival in Niamey. Amadou had fled into exile in Paris in August 2014 after being accused of involvement in a baby-trafficking scandal. He has repeatedly claimed that the attempts to charge him in connection with the […]

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