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Niger's Presidential Election Plagued by Increasing Violence

Niger's presidential election is set for a second race in February following the presidential candidates' failure to secure a majority vote in the recent results.

Niger has reportedly announced that the country will have to run presidential elections again in February, according to Aljazeera. This follows after Niger's election commission released provisional results this past Saturday which revealed that neither of the two presidential candidates had secured a majority vote. The country was set to start off the year with a new president after it held its presidential elections on December 27th of last year.

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Former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja Has Died

Niger's former President Mamadou Tandja has reportedly passed away at age 82. The Nigerien government has announced a three-day national mourning period.