Niger’s opposition leader Hama Amadou, who was jailed in November and couldn’t campaign during presidential elections this month, will not have to return to prison when he comes back from France, according to his lawyer.

A court has granted Amadou release on bail, lawyer Mossi Boubacar told reporters Tuesday in the capital, Niamey. Amadou, a former prime minister and speaker of parliament, is in hospital in Paris after falling ill in a jail in Niger where he’d been held for more than four months. He won about 18 percent of votes in the first round of the election before coalition parties called for a boycott of the final round.

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