Issoufou’s Likely Win in Niger Could Ramp Up Western Security Ties

Issoufou’s Likely Win in Niger Could Ramp Up Western Security Ties
People inside a voting station prepare to cast their votes during elections in Niamey, Niger, Feb 21, 2016 (AP photo by Gael Cogne).

On Feb. 21, voters went to the polls for the first round of Niger’s presidential election. Like many other West African states, Niger has a two-round system, in which the election goes to a run-off if no candidate wins an absolute majority. Niger faces just such a scenario: According to official results, incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou, who took office in 2011, scored 48.4 percent of the votes. In the second round, scheduled for March 20, Issoufou will face the former speaker of the National Assembly, Hama Amadou, who won 17.8 percent in the first round. Despite the vulnerability that incumbents […]

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