Voters Head to Polls to Usher in Niger's First Democratic Transition


Niger votes on Sunday in the second round of a presidential election that is expected to usher in the first democratic transition of power since the West African nation gained independence from France in 1960.

Ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum is seen by many as the favorite and is up against Former President Mahamane Ousmane.

Bazoum, a 61-year-old politician who held several top positions in outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou’s government, is backed by the candidates who came in third and fourth place in the first round. Former President Ousmane, 71, served as Niger's first democratically elected president until he was ousted in a 1996 military coup. Currently, he’s been endorsed by around a dozen smaller parties and candidates of the first round.

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France 24