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Niger's opposition vows not to recognise Sunday's presidential runoff results

Niger's opposition vows not to recognise Sunday's presidential runoff results

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As Niger’s runoff elections draw near, the opposition coalition has said it will not recognise the results of Sunday’s poll.

The calls come days after the coalition’s candidate Hama Amadou was evacuated to Paris for medical treatment.

Opposition members are instead calling for “a political transition to organize new elections that will allow free, legitimate, transparent and honest elections.”

They have also said they will not recognize the institutions stemming from the vote citing their submissiveness towards the country’s executive.

Amadou is due to face-off with incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou in Sunday’s vote which the opposition have called on their supporters to boycott.

The opposition candidate has been detained since November for his alleged involvement in a baby-trafficking scheme, a charge he dismissed as politically motivated.

February’s polls saw President Issoufou emerge the winner in the first round after getting 49 percent of the votes while Amadou garnered 18 percent.

About 7 million voters are expected to participate in Sunday’s runoff.

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