Friday, 4 February 2011
Niger: Issoufou to face Oumarou in a run-off
Oumarou, a close ally of former president Mamadou Tandja, ousted by the army in 2010, is backed by a broad coalition, including the party of the third-placed candidate, Hama Amadou. Niger's military ruler Salou Djibo promised to hand power to an elected leader before April.
Last October, a new constitution was passed in a referendum, reducing the powers of future presidents and limiting them to two terms in office. The election results are expected to return uranium-rich Niger to civil rule.
Sources: BBC News, The Canadian Press, AFP
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