Niger: Two dead, Hundreds Arrested in Post-Election Violence


Violence erupted on Tuesday after the electoral commission declared former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum victor in Sunday’s runoff vote with 55.75 percent, while opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane garnered 44.25 percent. The elections have been trumpeted as a democratic watershed for the Sahel state—the world’s poorest nation, according to the UN’s benchmark of human development, and a country wrestling with two armed rebellions. President Mahamadou Issoufou is voluntarily stepping down after two five-year terms, paving the way for the first elected transition since independence from France in 1960.

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