NIAMEY, 3 January 2021 – A presidential runoff is inevitable in Niger because no candidate won a majority of the votes cast in the first round of voting.

The runoff will be organized in February 2021.

Mahamat (L) v. Bazoum – Photo NewsPage

Niger’s Independent Electoral Commission says the runoff will oppose Mohamed Bazoum to Ousmane Mahamat.

Bazoum, the flag bearer of the ruling party, won 39.33 percent of the votes cast during the first round of voting.

His main challenger, Ousmane Mahamat, is credited with winning 17 percent of the votes cast during the first round.

Bazoum was the hot favorite to win the ballot with some observers speculating that he would won an outright majority in the first round of voting.

Mahamt Ousmane ruled Niger from April 1993 to January 1996 before being overthrown by a coup d’Etat.

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