The ruling presidential candidate in Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, won with 55.75% of the vote against opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane (44.25%), the Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni ).

These “results are provisional and must be submitted to the Constitutional Court for analysis,” said Issaka Souna, president of the Ceni, before the diplomatic corps and the Nigerien authorities gathered at the Niamey convention center.

The participation rate in the second round on Sunday was 62.91%, according to the Céni which specified that Bazoum had collected 2,501,459 votes against 1,985,736 in Ousmane out of a total of 7.4 million voters called to vote.

Bazoum won 39.3% of the vote in the first round of December 27, 2020, against almost 17% in Ousmane.

Just before the announcement of these results, the opposition denounced an “electoral hold-up”, demanding “the immediate suspension of the publication of the results”.

“I ask all Nigeriens (…) to mobilize as one man to defeat this electoral hold-up,” Falké Bacharou, campaign director Mahamane Ousmane told reporters.

Near the headquarters of the ruling party where Mohamed Bazoum is to speak, opposition protesters gathered and were chased by police officers present in large numbers and firing tear gas, noted an AFP journalist.

The real success of the ballot in this Sahelo-Saharan country with a history marked by putsch and already facing multiple challenges – including that of jihadist attacks – lies in the acceptance of the final results by all parties, according to many observers. .

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