Abdoulaye Massalaki

Niger presidential vote looks a done deal after opposition boycott

Mar 20 2016

NIAMEY Voting ended in Niger on Sunday in a presidential run-off which President Mahamadou Issoufou looks more than likely to win after the opposition called a boycott and its jailed leader was flown out of the country for medical reasons last week.

Niger's opposition chief Amadou to stand in presidential run-off

Mar 11 2016

NIAMEY Niger's opposition leader will run in the second round of a presidential election on March 20 despite a decision by allies to suspend their participation, his lawyer said on Friday.

Niger opposition suspends participation in run-off election

Mar 08 2016

NIAMEY Niger's opposition coalition said on Tuesday its candidate, Hama Amadou, would not contest a run-off election on March 20, increasing the chances that President Mahamadou Issoufou will win a second term.

Niger's Issoufou faces run-off against jailed opposition leader

Feb 26 2016

NIAMEY President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger fell short of an outright majority in the Feb. 21 election, according to provisional results on Friday, meaning he now faces a run-off against jailed opposition leader Hama Amadou.

Niger's early election results show incumbent Issoufou far ahead

Feb 25 2016

NIAMEY Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou is far ahead of rivals in a contentious election in which he is seeking a second term, according to early results from Sunday's vote that have already been contested by opposition leaders.

Niger voting extended for second day after some polls didn't open

Feb 22 2016

NIAMEY Voting in Niger's presidential and legislative elections stretched into a second day on Monday in areas where logistical problems prevented polling the previous day, delaying the preliminary election results.

Niger holds tense vote, with Issoufou running for second term

Feb 21 2016

NIAMEY Niger closed its land borders and ramped up security on Sunday for an election in which President Mahamadou Issoufou is running for a second term promising to crush Islamist militants and reduce the country's deep poverty. | Video

Security, political tensions cloud Niger's presidential vote

Feb 19 2016

NIAMEY Niger will hold an election on Sunday in which President Mahamadou Issoufou is running for a new term with a vow to crush an Islamist militant threat, but the opposition accuses him of another type of crackdown - against them.

Nearly a quarter of Niger voters barred from February election

Jan 23 2016

NIAMEY Nearly a quarter of Niger's potential voters - 1.5 million people - will be barred from casting ballots in next month's presidential poll, the government said, after politicians failed to agree on a system for registering them.

Niger says four have confessed to planning foiled coup

Jan 13 2016

NIAMEY Four people arrested for ties to an attempted coup in Niger in December have confessed to the plot and asked for clemency, the defence minister said on Wednesday.

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World powers urge truce as Israel-Palestinian conflict rages

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