Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Niger: Campaigns start ahead February elections

[AEP] Campaigns for the February 21 Nigerien elections officially started on Saturday. The country’s capital, Niamey, was awash with the paraphernalia of political parties and candidates. In all, 15 candidates are gunning for the premier post.

While huge billboards of the President Mahamadou Issoufou, running for a second term, were dominant, other candidates also had loads of their campaign posters splashed around the city. A leading opposition figure and former prime minister, Amadou Boubacar Cissé, who lost to the incumbent in a runoff in 2011, is also running.

Meanwhile, Hama Amadou, a presidential aspirant and former speaker of parliament, who has been in prison for 2 months will not be able to campaign. Four main opposition candidates, including ex-President Mahamane Ousmane, who ruled from 1993 to1996, Mr Oumarou, and Amadou M. Cisse have formed an alliance to block Mr. Issoufou in the second round of the polls.

Source: AEP

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