Mohamed Bazoum Confirmed as Niger President

Niger’s Constitutional Court has ruled that Mohamed Bazoum, a former interior minister, won the presidential election with 55.6% of votes.

Bazoum’s inauguration on April 2nd will be the first time Niger transfers power from one democratically elected leader to another. 

“The court confirms and declares the definitive results of the second-round presidential poll of February 2nd, 2021,” Bouba Mahamane, president of the Constitutional Court said on Sunday. He added that Bazoum received 55.6% of the vote, while turnout was 62.9%.

The court stated that it had cancelled the results from 73 polling stations, giving no reasons for the decision. The ruling reduced Bazoum’s vote tally which was 55.75% prior to the cancellations.

The court did not address opposition leader Muhamane Ousmane’s allegations of fraud during the elections.

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