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  • voting was underway in *** on Sunday in an election that is expected to result in the West African nations.

  • First transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents is very *** has experienced four coups since gaining independence from France in 1960 a smooth transfer of power would be considered a rare bright spot for a country blighted by widespread poverty and militant violence.

  • President Mamadou Issoufou is stepping down after 25 year terms on described Sunday as a special day that he hoped would solidify Niger's reputation as a democratic country in Africa and the world.

  • His departure stands in sharp contrast with Ivory Coast in Guinea, whose presidents this year used constitutional changes to extend their 10 years to three terms, raising fears of a democratic backslide in West Africa.

  • Former Nigerian Interior Minister Mohamed Ba Zoom is the ruling party's candidate.

  • If, as predicted, he succeeds Issoufou, then he'll inherit significant challenges.

  • Amid escalating violence in the Sahel.

  • *** has suffered repeated attacks from militants linked to Al Qaeda and Islamic state.

  • More than 40% of its population lives in extreme poverty and global lockdowns have slowed growth, compounding the effects of climate change on low prices for uranium.

voting was underway in *** on Sunday in an election that is expected to result in the West African nations.

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Niger heads for its first democratic transition

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/27
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