Niger Presidential Election Heads To February Runoff

Niger is set for a second round of vote as no candidate clinched the needed majority for a first round win in the December 27 vote. Former Prime Minister and favorite to win Mohammed Bazoum, of the ruling party, came first with 39.33 percent of the vote. He will go head to head with former president Mahamane Ousmane, who placed second with 16.99 percent of votes, according to results announced by the electoral commission. The right hand man of outgoing president Mahamadou Issoufou, who was hoping for a one-touch victory in the first round, will now have to seek alliances before the second round of polls on February 20.

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