Presidential election in Niger: Who are the main candidates, what are the challenges?

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President Mahamadou Issoufu does not stand for re-election after his two constitutional terms

Thirty candidates are running for succession to Mahamadou Issouf. The latter could not run for a third term due to the dual constitutional lock.

Niger is holding a general election at the end of the year. Regional and local but also presidential and legislative elections. Outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufu is not running for re-election after his two terms. These are the first elections, which should establish a democratic alternative in the country since independence. The democratic process was disrupted by the three democracies in 1996, 1999 and 2010.

Thirty candidates are running for the presidential election on December 27, 2020. This abundance of candidates is the first in the country. In the last presidential election in 2016, there were only 15 candidates.

Who are the main candidates?

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