Two dead, hundreds arrested in Niger’s post-election violence

Violence erupted after electoral commission declared former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum victor in Sunday’s runoff vote. At least two people have been killed and hundreds arrested in Niger’s post-election violence. Violence erupted on Tuesday after the electoral commission declared former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum victor in Sunday’s runoff vote with 55.75 percent, while opposition candidate […]

Niger opposition leader alleges election fraud, declares victory

Niger opposition leader Mahamane Ousmane has claimed that he narrowly won the country’s presidential election, as fresh violence erupted a day after official results gave victory to his rival by a wide margin. “The compilation of results … which we have in our possession through our representatives in the various polling stations give us victory […]

Mohamed Bazoum declared Niger’s new president

Former interior minister garnered 55.75 percent of the votes, ahead of rival Mahamane Ousmane, at 44.25 percent, election commission announces. Niger’s electoral commission has declared ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum the winner of the country’s presidential election runoff. Bazoum had secured 55.75 percent of the votes cast on February 21, beating former President Mahamane Ousmane […]

Seven election officials killed in landmine blast as Niger votes

The incident comes as Niger holds a presidential election runoff between frontrunner Mohamed Bazoum and former President Mahamane Ousmane. Seven members of Niger’s electoral commission (CENI) have been killed during the country’s presidential election runoff when their vehicle hit a mine and exploded in the troubled western region of Tillaberi. The country regularly suffers attacks […]

What is at stake in Niger’s presidential election runoff?

Voters in Niger will head to the polls on Sunday to choose the country’s next president, in a runoff vote that pits outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou’s chosen successor against the country’s first democratically elected president. Mohamed Bazoum, the candidate for the ruling Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism, had secured 39.3 percent of votes in […]

France’s Macron rules out immediate troop drawdown from Sahel

French president says rushed exit from volatile region in West Africa would be a mistake, as Chad deploys reinforcements. President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out an immediate drawdown in France’s 5,100-strong Barkhane forces battling armed groups in the Sahel region of West Africa, describing a rushed exit as a mistake. Macron said he was pushing […]

Ahead of Sahel summit, where do France and G5 countries stand?

Leaders of five Sahelian countries in West Africa and their French counterpart will hold a summit this week to discuss the fight against armed groups in the volatile region. The heads of state of the so-called G5 Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – will converge in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, while […]

UN says two million internally displaced by Sahel violence

The UNHCR called the humanitarian response in Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger ‘dangerously overstretched’. More than two million people have been forced to flee their homes within their own countries’ borders owing to the violence engulfing Africa’s Sahel region, the United Nations refugee agency has said. The humanitarian response is “dangerously overstretched” in an […]

Scores of Civilians Are Dead After an Attack in Niger

NIAMEY, Niger — At least 70 people and possibly more than 100 were killed by suspected militants in the West African nation of Niger on Saturday, according to local officials. Armed men shot men and boys in a revenge attack on the villages of Tchoma Bangou and Zaroumadareye, sources in the Nigerien military said. The […]

Dozens of civilians killed in Niger gun attacks

Interior Minister Alkache Alhada says the attack took place in the villages of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye, near the border with Mali. Gunmen have killed dozens of civilians and wounded several more in attacks on two villages in western Niger, near the border with Mali, according to a senior official. Interior Minister Alkache Alhada told the […]

Niger presidential election heads to February runoff

Ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum to face former President Mahamane Ousmane in runoff, according to provisional results. Niger’s ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum will face former President Mahamane Ousmane in a presidential election runoff in February, according to provisional results announced by the electoral commission. Bazoum, 60, led the first round with 39.33 percent of […]

Ballot counting begins in Niger presidential election

Almost 7.5 million cast their vote to choose a successor to President Issoufou. Vote counting has begun in Niger after an election that could lead to the country’s first peaceful transition of power since its independence from France 60 years ago. Almost 7.5 million people cast their vote on Sunday to choose a successor to […]

Niger heads to polls in search of first democratic transition

Some 7.4 million people are registered to vote for the new president, the ballot coinciding with legislative elections. Niger is voting in an election that is expected to lead to the first transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents in a country reeling from violence. Former Minister of the Interior Mohamed Bazoum, the ruling […]

Seven troops, 11 extremists killed in Niger ahead of vote

Author:  AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1608812416899684300 Thu, 2020-12-24 12:02 NIAMEY: Seven troops and 11 suspected extremists have died in clashes in a troubled western region of Niger ahead of elections this weekend, the defense ministry said Thursday. An army patrol in the Taroun area in the Tillaberi region was ambushed early Monday morning by […]

Endeavour Mining to acquire Teranga Gold in $2bn all-share deal #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

West Africa-focused Endeavour Mining has agreed to buy Teranga Gold in an all-share deal to create a top 10 gold producer which will list in London, the companies said on Monday, a week after they announced they were in talks. The agreement is a breakthrough for the fragmented gold sector and for Endeavour, whose previous attempt at a major merger failed. But with investors jittery […]

France ‘to reduce troop presence’ in Sahel #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Paris to withdraw several hundred troops to make way for stronger European presence in conflict-hit region, sources say. Less than a year after sending hundreds of extra troops to the Sahel, France is hoping to cut back its military presence in the restive region to make room for a stronger European commitment, army sources say. […]

US forces rescue American kidnapped in Niger #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Philipe Nathan Walton was taken from his farm in Massalata in southern Niger by armed kidnappers who demanded a ransom. A citizen of the United States who was abducted in Niger this past week has been rescued in a US military operation in neighbouring Nigeria, according to US officials. Philipe Nathan Walton was taken from […]

Niger flooding: At least 45 killed, 226,000 displaced

Flooding caused by heavy rains in Niger has killed at least 45 people this week and forced more than 226,000 from their homes. Niger’s western region has been hardest hit by days of torrential rain that caused the Niger River to overflow, essentially shutting down the capital, Niamey. Dozens of mud homes collapsed along the […]