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NIGER; Tensions High As Mohamed Bazoum Is Declared Winner Of Presidential Run-off Election

Mohamed Bazoum was elected Niger’s president in the second round of polls, the election authority of the West African nation said Tuesday.

Bazoum, the ruling party’s chairman, won Sunday’s election run-off by a landslide with 55.75% of votes, according to results published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

Bazoum also won the first round of election.

Meanwhile, former President Mahamane Ousmane is trailing with 45.25% of the vote.

The election is meant to usher in the first democratic transition of power in Niger with President Mahamadou Issoufou stepping down after 10 years.

The overall results remain provisional pending confirmation by Niger’s Constitutional Court.

There have been clashes between protesters and police in parts of Niger’s capital, Niamey, before and after the announcement of Bazoum’s victory in the presidential run-off.

Angry supporters of his challenger Mahamane Ousmane have been protesting in opposition strongholds and near the headquarters of the party of Hama Hamadou, the former leader of the opposition.

Tyres have been burnt, and a campaign vehicle belonging to the ruling PND party have been destroyed.

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