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

Seven dead, three injured as vehicle carrying election workers strikes landmine in Niger

Seven poll workers were killed during Niger’s presidential vote on Sunday when their vehicle struck a landmine, an election official said, marring a day meant to usher in the country’s first democratic transition of power. The West African country regularly suffers attacks by Islamist militants and had stepped up security to protect the poll, in… Read More Seven dead, three injured as vehicle carrying election workers strikes landmine in Niger

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

Niger votes in presidential election for first democratic transition

Voting began in Niger on Sunday in an election that is expected to lead to the West African nation’s first transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents. A smooth handover would be a rare bright spot for a country blighted by widespread poverty and Islamist violence that has killed hundred of civilians and soldiers… Read More Niger votes in presidential election for first democratic transition