Niger’s President Issoufou to run for second term in office

Niger’s governing party chooses President Mahamadou Issoufou to run in upcoming February election for second term in office

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Niger's President Issoufou Mahamadou addresses delegates during a summit.

Updated Nov 8, 2015

Governing party in Niger has chosen incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou on Saturday as its candidate for the upcoming presidential election, set to take place in February.

The governing, Niger Party for Democracy and Socialism expects Issoufou, 63, to win in the first round for a second-five year term in office.

"We have chosen (Issoufou) so that he can pursue the work he has started for the people of Niger," party leader Bazoum Mohamed said.

Niger is a member of a regional coalition that is fighting against the Boko Haram militants. However, the country has failed to secure the southern Diffa region, where the Boko Haram militants have carried out several cross-border attacks from Nigeria in recent months, which prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency.

Issoufou assumed office as president in April 2011, after an election following a military coup that overthrew former President Tandja Mamadou the previous year.

The former President of the Parliament Hama Amadou and the former Planning Minister Amadou Boubacar Cisse, are also candidates that will be running for office in the election.

TRTWorld and agencies