Violent protests rock Niger over contested election end result By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Video seize of riot policemen detaining protesters in Niamey, Niger

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NIAMEY (Reuters) – Supporters of the shedding candidate in Niger’s presidential election burnt tyres, threw rocks and set a number of buildings on hearth on Thursday, in a 3rd day of violent protests within the capital Niamey.

Niger’s electoral fee on Tuesday declared ruling get together candidate Mohamed Bazoum the winner of Sunday’s runoff election with 55.75% of the vote, however his rival, Mahamane Ousmane, a former president, has alleged fraud and claimed he received with 50.3%.

The election is supposed to result in the primary transition from one democratically elected chief to a different following 4 coups since independence from France in 1960. President Mahamadou Issoufou is stepping down after two five-year phrases.

The nationwide prosecutor stated late on Wednesday that a number of folks had been arrested within the protests. Web entry has additionally been severely restricted since Wednesday.

On Thursday, small teams of Ousmane supporters once more took to the streets to lob rocks at police and nationwide guard troops, who responded by firing tear fuel.

Some protesters set personal homes on hearth, together with that of Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent Moussa Kaka, a Reuters witness stated.

RFI stated in a press release that Kaka and his household had been protected and condemned what it referred to as “a grave assault on freedom of the press”.

Ousmane, who served as president from 1993 till 1996, when he was overthrown by the army, stated on Wednesday that he reserved the suitable to attraction the election end result within the courts.

An observer mission from the Financial Group of West African States has stated the vote was held “beneath free, honest, credible and clear circumstances”.

Nevertheless, it was marred by two assaults that killed eight election employees in elements of Niger the place Islamist militants often goal civilians and the army.

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