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Date:21 Feb 2016
Why Niger's presidential election matters

[Opinion by Phyllis Taoua] On February 21, Niger will vote in the first round of a presidential election. This has barely been a blip in the western media-- the The New York Times published its last article on Niger in August 2015 and while The Washington Post ran a blog post this week, it has no reporters on the ground. Yet, whether the election is fair or not matters to Nigeriens and it should matter to the rest of the world, because if democracy fails in Niger, the country could become the next breeding ground for radical Islamic terrorism.

Mahamadou Issoufou, the current president, is running for a second term but is widely considered an ineffective and corrupt leader. In November, he arrested and jailed his strongest opponent, Hama Amadou, leader of the opposition and the the most direct threat to Issoufou's re-election. The constitutional court is allowing Amadou to stand as a candidate in the presidential election with his charges pending, though he must rely on supporters to campaign on his behalf.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com 


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