Niger opposition says will boycott run-off election

by Reuters
Tuesday, 8 March 2016 19:18 GMT

NIAMEY, March 8 (Reuters) - Niger's opposition coalition said on Tuesday its candidate, Hama Amadou, would not contest a run-off election on March 20, effectively ensuring 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. (Reporting by Abdoulaye Massalaki; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Larry King)

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