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A woman casts her ballot during elections in Niamey, Niger, in 2016 A woman casts her ballot during elections in Niamey, Niger, Feb. 21, 2016 (AP photo by Gael Cogne).

A Historic Election in Niger, but Storm Clouds Lie Ahead

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

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Mohamed Bazoum, the candidate of Niger’s ruling party, has won last Sunday’s runoff presidential election, setting the stage for one elected leader to succeed another for the first time in the country’s history. Provisional results released Tuesday showed Bazoum with 55.75 percent of the vote to 44.25 percent for his opponent, Mahamane Ousmane. The poll was marred by violence, though, including two attacks on Election Day that killed eight election officials in parts of the country where violent extremist groups are active. ...

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