Niger’s former president and now opposition leader, Ousmane Mahamene has called on the release of political prisoners and a stop to frequent harrassment and threats to activists.

Over 700 hundred have been arrested since the beginning of election unrest on Tuesday after Mohammed Bazoum was announced the winner of the presidential run-off.

Ousmane further called upon the international community not to recognize the results of the just concluded presidential poll citing gross irregularities.

The angry opposition leader directly accused Niger’s interior minister Alkache Alhada of the unrest and detention of several opposition protesters.