Niger’s opposition coalition has announced that they “will not recognize” the outcome of the second round of the presidential and legislative elections scheduled for Sunday. The opposition “demands a political transition that will organize new democratic elections – free, legitimate, and transparent and honest,” the opposition coalition COPA 2016 said in a statement late Thursday. Incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou won 48.4 percent of the vote in the first round to Hama Amadou’s 17.7 percent on February 21, but such results are often subject to legal challenges.
Amadou, who has been in prison since November on what supporters claim are politically motivated charges, faces a serious illness and this week was flown to France for treatment.
The opposition coalition had earlier announced a boycott of the second round of the presidential election amid allegations of “unfair treatment” in the first round.
Opposition spokesman Seini Oumarou said the coalition decided to not participate further due to the “absence of official results from the first round… and the unfair treatment between the two candidates.”
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