Mohamed Bazoum and Mahamane Ousmane Compete Against Each Other In Niger's Run Off Election

Image: “Visita do Ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros da República do Níger” by ItamaratyGovBr is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Image: “Mahamane Ousmane” by Third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The runoff election between Mohamed Bazoum, who leads with 39.3% of the total 5.1 million votes, and ex-president Mahamane Ousmane (16.98%) is scheduled for this Sunday 21-Feb-2021.

The two candidates must negotiate with the 28 other candidates’ that did not place in the first round to see who will win the most backing. The negotiations have an added factor this year with the formation of the Coalition pour l’Alternance Politique (CAP).

The group came together in September of last year to urge support for Mohamed Bazoum in the event of a runoff election. Bazoum also has the support of outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou.

This year’s election is a bright spot in Nigerien history, as this is the country’s first peaceful transfer of power, and the country’s economy is forecasted to grow through 2022. Though the winner also faces the threat of strengthening jihadists organizations in what is (despite the economic forecast) one of the poorest countries in the world.

By Adam Ragozzino

Adam Ragozzino is a Boston-based analyst who has worked as a research and policy analyst in the US. Currently, he is an independent consultant and runs Acies Lumen, LLC, a fledgling geopolitical research firm. He writes about international affairs and conflict with a particular focus on Africa. When not chained to a desk or under lockdown, you can find him riding or skiing in the northeast US.

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