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Demonstrations erupted in Niger following Mohamed Bazoum's presidential victory on February 21. The Constitutional Court confirms his election as head of the country. The new head of state will take office on April 2. </p><div> <p>The Nigerien Constitutional Court confirmed, on Sunday March 21, the election of the ruling candidate Mohamed Bazoum as the new president of Niger with more than 55% of the vote.
Mohamed Bazoum thus succeeds Mahamadou Issoufou who has reached the end of his two legal terms.
“The Court validates and proclaims the final results of the second round of the presidential elections of February 21, 2021 as follows (…) Mohamed Bazoum 2,490,049 votes or 55.66%. Mahamane Ousmane 1,983,072 or 44.34 % “, according to its president Bouba Mahamane who read the judgment at the seat of the Court.
Mohamed Bazoum will be invested on April 2
The Court “found” that “Mohamed Bazoum obtained the greatest number of votes” and “therefore declared him elected President of the Republic of Niger for a term of five years from April 2, 2021”. The Court said it had canceled the results of 73 polling stations, without giving further details.
The turnout is 62.91%, figures substantially similar to those published on February 23 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni).
Mohamed Bazoum, 61, becomes the tenth head of state of Niger, a very poor arid country and an independent former French colony in 1960. Five of these ten presidents are soldiers resulting from a series of coups d’état that the country experienced between 1974 and 2010.
Niamey secured to avoid demonstrations by opponents
Mahamane Ousmane, for his part, disputes these results and claimed his victory with 50.3% of the vote.
Shortly after the announcement by the CENI on February 23 of the provisional results giving the victory to Mohamed Bazoum, demonstrations broke out in several cities of the country, including the capital Niamey: several looting and destruction of public and private property had been committed. These unrest continued for two days, killing two and injuring several. Several hundred people had been arrested.
A march, which was to be followed by an opposition rally, last Saturday in Niamey to contest the election of Mohamed Bazoum was banned by the authorities.
In Niamey, an impressive security system has been deployed in strategic locations to prevent possible demonstrations by opponents. Patrols of the security forces also crisscross the city day and night, noted an AFP journalist.
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