Niger President Issoufou Wins 92.5% of Votes in Runoff Electionby
Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou won more than 90 percent of votes in a runoff election, according to the electoral commission.
Issoufou garnered 92.5 percent of the ballots, Ibrahim Boube, the head of the electoral commission, said at an event in the capital, Niamey, on Tuesday. Opposition leader Hama Amadou got 7.5 percent of votes, he said. The turnout was about 60 percent for Sunday’s election, he said.
Issoufou has pledged to keep fighting militants, with the help of the U.S. and France, on three of its seven borders. The West African nation is the least developed in the world, according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index, despite being the world’s fourth-largest producer of uranium. Amadou was flown to a hospital in Paris last week for urgent medical treatment and had been in jail since November in connection to a probe about child-trafficking. He has denied all wrongdoing.