News – FR – Niger: the candidate of power, Mohamed Bazoum, wins the presidential election

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Former Nigerien interior minister and ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum won the second round of the presidential election with 55.75% of the vote, the Independent National Electoral Commission said on Tuesday He thus defeated ex-president Mahamane Ousmane and is to succeed the current head of state, Mahamadou Issoufou

Mohamed Bazoum, former Minister of the Interior and candidate of the ruling party, won the second round of the Nigerien presidential election with 55.75% of the vote, ahead of former President Mahamane Ousmane (44.25% ), according to official results published Tuesday, February 23 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni) He will thus succeed as head of state to Mahamadou Issoufou, who could not stand for re-election.

These “results are provisional and must be submitted to the Constitutional Court for analysis,” said Issaka Souna, president of the Ceni, before the diplomatic corps and the Nigerien authorities gathered at the Niamey convention center

The participation rate in the second round on Sunday was 62.91%, according to the Céni, which specified that Mohamed Bazoum had collected 2,501,459 votes against 1,985,736 for Mahamane Ousmane out of a total of 7.4 million voters called to vote

Mohamed Bazoum won 39.3% of the vote in the first round of December 27, 2020, against almost 17% for Mahamane Ousmane

Just before the announcement of these results, the opposition denounced an electoral “hold-up”, demanding “the immediate suspension of the publication of the results”

“I ask all Nigeriens () to mobilize as one man to thwart this electoral hold-up, “Falké Bacharou, campaign director of Mahamane Ousmane, told reporters.

Near the headquarters of the ruling party where Mohamed Bazoum is to speak, opposition protesters gathered and were chased by police officers present in large numbers and firing tear gas, noted an AFP journalist

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