Niger’s opposition coalition said Tuesday that its candidate, Hama Amadou, would not contest a runoff election March 20, increasing the chances that President Mahamadou Issoufou will win a second term. Amadou has been in prison since November on charges relating to baby-trafficking. He says he is innocent and a victim of political repression. The government denies wrongdoing and says it follows the law. “The Coalition for an Alternative has decided to suspend its participation in the electoral process and asks its representatives to withdraw from the electoral commission,” it said in a statement.
The coalition denounced Amadou’s detention and justified its decision to withdraw by saying the constitutional court had not followed procedure when it announced definitive first-round results Tuesday and had also not proven its independence.
The coalition, which unites about 20 political parties including Amadou’s MODEN, also asked its deputies to cease activities at the National Assembly.
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