Niger’s presidential election heads to February runoff

Niger's former Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum (2nd from R) walks with members of his delegation at the Boudouri site for displaced persons outside the town of Diffa, in southeastern Niger

Niger’s ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum will face former president Mahamane Ousmane in a presidential election runoff in February, according to provisional results of the first round of the contest announced by the electoral commission on Saturday.

Bazoum led the first round with 39.33% of the vote, falling short of the 50% needed to win the first round. Ousmane received 17% of the vote, the commission said.

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