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Tensions flare in Niger amid election result


There have been clashes between protesters and police in parts of Niger’s capital, Niamey, before and after the announcement of Mohamed Bazoum‘s victory in the presidential run-off.

Angry supporters of his challenger Mahamane Ousmane have been protesting in opposition strongholds and near the headquarters of the party of Hama Hamadou, the former leader of the opposition.

Tyres have been burnt, and a campaign vehicle belonging to the ruling PND party have been destroyed.

AFP filed these images from the scene in Niamey earlier:
The electoral commission in Niger says the ruling party’s candidate Mohamed Bazoum has won the presidential election with more than 55% of the vote.

His opponent, former president Mahamane Ousmane, alleged fraud as his supporters burned tyres in the streets.

This is Niger’s first transition from one democratically elected leader to another, with President Mahamadou Issoufou stepping down after two five-year terms.

Mr Bazoum is a former interior minister and close ally of Mr Issoufou.

Niger, which is the world’s poorest country, is struggling to contain an Islamist


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