Fresh Protests in Niger as Opposition Leader Ousmane Claims Victory

Protests erupted in Niger on Wednesday with tyres set alight and opposition supporters facing off with police .

This was caused by the opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane victory in Sunday’s presidential election.

Ousmane has been declared the winner despite the National Electoral Commission (CENI) announcing he lost with more than 11% points to his rival Mohamed Bazoum.

Ousmane alleged fraud when the provisional results were declared and his campaign said there had been theft, ballot-box stuffing and threats against voters, without providing evidence.

Meanwhile Ousmane revealed that the results he has in his possession through his party representatives gave him victory with 50.3% of the vote against 49.70% for the ruling candidate.