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Niger: Polls open in tense presidential and parliamentary elections

Niger: Polls open in tense presidential and parliamentary elections

Niger

Voting is underway in Niger’s presidential and paliamentary elections.

15 candidates including the incumbent president are gunning for the country’s top job. President Mahamadou Issoufou is hoping to secure a second term in the West African nation. The most direct threat to Issoufou’s re-election, Hama Amadou, who is contesting from jail has been accused of trafficking babies, a charge he strongly denies. The run-up to the vote has been marred by accusations of repression and a row over identification documents. The country is far from stable with corruption, food shortages and porous borders remaining serious problems. The answer now lie in the hands of 7.5 million eligible voters, with results due within five days. African Union Heads have called for peaceful elections.
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