Thursday, February 25, 2021

Niger voters return to polls in second spherical for president

The winner of Sunday’s vote will succeed President Mahamadou Issoufou who’s stepping down after serving two phrases, in accordance with Niger’s structure. Issoufou’s choice to respect the structure has been extensively hailed and paves the way in which for Niger’s first peaceable, democratic switch of energy since its independence from France in 1960. The West African nation has seen 4 coups.

Issoufou’s chosen successor is Bazoum, 71, a longtime Cupboard minister who’s from Niger’s small ethnic Arab minority.

Of Niger’s 23 million folks, some 7.four million are registered to vote. Within the parliamentary and presidential elections which befell on December 27 turnout was roughly 67%.

Niger’s subsequent president should take care of main issues, together with rising assaults linked to Islamic extremists. In January at the least 100 folks have been killed when extremists attacked two villages close to the border with Mali. Hundreds of individuals have been killed and lots of of 1000’s displaced regardless of the presence of 1000’s of regional and worldwide troops.

”(There’s) a major threat that extremist teams will launch assaults to disrupt the ballot,” stated Alexandre Raymakers, senior Africa analyst at Verisk Maplecroft, a worldwide threat consultancy. Whereas the brand new administration is unlikely to attain speedy success in opposition to these teams, a peaceable transition of energy can be a powerful signal to western nations to proceed supporting Niger’s counter-terrorism operations, he stated.

The candidates try to entice voters via varied marketing campaign guarantees.

A trainer by coaching, Bazoum who’s of the ruling Nigerien Get together for Democracy and Socialism, has promised to construct boarding faculties for women to encourage them to stay in class longer, which he stated would assist cut back little one marriage in a rustic with many teenage pregnancies.

However peace is what locals say they actually need from the nation’s subsequent chief.

“The brand new president must concentrate on our safety on the borders and in our cities,” stated Abdou Razak, a resident of the capital, Niamey.

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