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Niger election heads to runoff

2011-02-04 08:34

Niamey - The head of Niger's electoral commission announced that a longtime opposition figure was leading with most of the ballots counted from the country's first election following a military coup.

Abdourahamane Ghousmane said Mahamadou Issoufou was leading with 36% of the vote after ballots from 55 out of the country's 58 communes had been tabulated.

Because Issoufou did not receive a majority, he will need to face second-place finisher Seini Oumarou in a runoff. Oumarou, a former prime minister, got 23% of the votes.

The country's 6.7 million registered voters are choosing between 10 presidential candidates.