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Niger heads to polls in search of first democratic transition By Reuters

Niger heads to polls in search of first democratic transition By Reuters
Niger heads to polls in search of first democratic transition

Bazoum stands with members of his delegation at the official presidential residence in Diffa p NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger votes in an election on Sunday that is expected to lead to the first transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents in a country reeling from Islamist violence." A peaceful transfer of power would be a milestone for Niger, which has experienced four coups since gaining independence from France in 1960.Hama Amadou, who finished runner-up in the last election, was barred from running because of a criminal conviction, leaving the opposition without an obvious figurehead.It would also stand in stark contrast to Ivory Coast and Guinea, whose presidents this year used constitutional changes to extend their tenures to three terms, raising fears of a democratic backslide in West Africa.

"If I am lucky enough to win this election, you will have chosen someone who is ready from day one," he said in a campaign video.Niger faces twin security crises.

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