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Niger Presidential Candidates Want to Delay Election

Niger's presidential candidates are calling on the ruling military junta to delay until February 20, the presidential poll and to dissolve the electoral commission because of problems with local elections held earlier this month. The elections are meant to return the country to civilian rule after a military coup in February 2010.Hama Amadou, the...

Nigerian Presidential Candidates Campaign on Economy

Presidential candidates in Nigeria are promising to create more jobs and attract more outside investment by improving infrastructure. Unemployment is a big issue in Africa's most populous nation. So presidential candidates are campaigning hard on the economy with opposition parties criticizing the government for failing to use Nigeria's vast oil...

Niger Malnutrition Remains High, Despite Record Harvest

-- In Niger, a country that has faced food crises in recent years, has had a recorded harvest.  However, despite that good news, a new report says malnutrition rates remain very high. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program have issued a joint assessment on Niger.  It follows a massive humanitarian operation last year...

Niger Former President Tandja Mamadou Jailed

Niger Former President Tandja Mamadou Jailed As Niger launched campaigning ahead of presidential and legislative elections on January 31, the ruling junta revealed that former president Mamadou Tandja has been jailed on allegations of corruption. Radio France Internationale reports that Tandja has been accused on many counts of embezzlement of public funds and was transferred to prison on...

Niger Kidnappings Show Emboldened Reach of al-Qaida

Funerals have been held in France for two Frenchmen kidnapped in Niger this month and later found dead following a failed rescue attempt by French and Nigerien military forces. The terrorist group, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. Security analysts say the kidnappings are evidence of the group's...

Nigerian Militants Threaten New Attacks

Nigeria's main militant group is threatening new attacks, this time against oil and fuel storage facilities.In a statement Tuesday, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) warned people living near fuel depots to evacuate immediately.The group also said it will target vehicles transporting petroleum products.MEND said it was...

Nigerian Presidential Candidates Campaign on Improving Security

A series of unsolved bombings in Nigeria's capital and continuing violence in the north make security the biggest campaign issue in the country's presidential election. When voters are concerned about security, it is an opportunity for challengers to criticize the current government for not doing enough to keep people safe.But after only eight...

Al-Qaida Claims Kidnapping of French Nationals in Niger

Al-Qaida's North African branch has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping in Niger last week of two French nationals, later found dead in a failed rescue attempt.Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb issued the claim Thursday in an audio message distributed to various media outlets.The group said fighters kidnapped the two Frenchmen from a secured...

Nigerian Political Parties Pick Candidates for April Elections

Nigeria’s political parties have picked their governorship and legislative candidates for the April general elections.  The relatively peaceful process produced little surprise as prominent members of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition won the right to represent their parties in the upcoming poll. One of the victors is...

French Official Travels to Niger After Killing of French Nationals

The French defense minister travels to Niger Monday to met with officials there, following the death of two kidnapped French nationals.   Alain Juppe's visit comes two days after the French hostages were found dead near Niger's border with Mali.Officials say the men's bodies were discovered Saturday, after a rescue attempt by Niger's military...

Nigerian State Vote is Test Case for April Presidential Elections

Nigeria's electoral commission has hundreds of votes to organize this year, none bigger than April's presidential contest. So the commission's first vote of the year was an important test case for improving transparency. Emmanuel Uduaghan won re-election as governor of Nigeria's southern Delta state this past week, returning to a post he was...

Niger Believes Kidnapped Foreigners Taken to Mali

Niger security forces said Saturday they believe gunmen who abducted two foreigners in the capital are headed toward the west, where Niger is focusing its search. A security source told the French news agency, AFP, "The search is mainly being carried out towards Mali."Witnesses say gunmen abducted the foreigners from a Niamey restaurant Friday. ...

Niger Postpones Local Elections

Election officials in Niger have postponed municipal and regional elections for three days because of logistical problems.The elections, which were scheduled for Saturday, will now take place on Tuesday.The head of the electoral commission, Ghousmane Abdourahmane, told reporters Thursday that ballot papers and other election materials have not...

Niger Opposition Leaders Want Election Rolls Corrected

Niger's lead opposition coalition says errors on the country's voter register could undermine elections this month intended to return the country to civilian rule after a military coup in February. With just two days before local and regional elections in Niger, debate over the country's electoral list continues, despite revisions to the list...

Nigerian Government Prepares Anti-Terrorism Measures

A spokesman for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Nigeria’s stability is not threatened because of the recent spate of terror-related bombings in the country. A New Year’s Eve explosion in Abuja killed four people, while about 80 people were killed a week earlier in a series of bombings in the central city of Jos. Spokesman Ima Niboro told...