Niger people voting in presidential elections

    Niger people voting in presidential elections

    Feb 21, Niamey: Voters in Niger are voting for the presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday with president Mahamadou Issoufou hoping to secure a second term in the impoverished West African nation.

    Issoufou's main opposition rival, Hama Amadou, is currently behind bars accused of trafficking babies, a charge he strongly denies.

    The run-up to the vote has been marred by accusations of repression and a row over identification documents.

    The authorities have announced that roughly 1.5 million people without ID papers will be able to cast their ballots by having witnesses vouch for them, in a move that was condemned by opposition leaders, media reports said.

    The Oslo Times


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