Niger foils coup attempt days before presidential transition

A military unit tried to seize the presidential palace in Niger’s capital Niamey overnight in an attempted coup but order has been restored, the government said on Wednesday, days before the country’s first democratic handover of power. The assailants, from a nearby air base, fled after the presidential guard met their attack with heavy shelling… Read More Niger foils coup attempt days before presidential transition

Niger’s ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum declared as winner of presidential election

Ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum was declared the winner of Niger’s presidential election on Tuesday while his opponent alleged fraud and opposition supporters burned tyres in the streets. Bazoum, a 61-year-old former interior minister, won 55.75% of the vote in Sunday’s election, according to the electoral commission. He beat Mahamane Ousmane, a former president who… Read More Niger’s ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum declared as winner of presidential election

Niger holds second round of presidential polls for first democratic transition

Niger voted 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 favourite after leading in the first round on December… Read More Niger holds second round of presidential polls for first democratic transition