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Canada Niger: an opponent detained by the police since Friday

17:33  27 february  2021
17:33  27 february  2021 Source:   90min.com

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Une affiche électorale de l'opposant Amadou Hama, candidat à la présidentielle, en février 2016 à Niamey, au Niger © ISSOUF SANOGO An election poster by the opponent Amadou Hama, presidential candidate, in February 2016 in Niamey, Niger

The main opponent in Niger, Amadou Hama, accused by the authorities of being at the origin of the disturbances which followed the proclamation of the results of the presidential election, spent "his first night" in the premises of the police, one of his relatives told AFP on Saturday.

Friday, Mr. Hama went himself to the judicial police in the company of his lawyer.

"Hama Amadou spent his first night at the judicial police (...) where he was taken into custody yesterday" explained the same source, specifying "that he was interviewed in connection with comments made during the election campaign".

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Protests continued early Friday evening in at least two neighborhoods on the outskirts of the capital, AFP noted.

On Thursday, the Nigerien Minister of the Interior, Alkache Alhada, accused Amadou Hama of being the instigator of the violence that followed the proclamation of the provisional results of the second round of the presidential election on February 21, giving the victory to the candidate of power Mohamed Bazoum facing that of the opposition, Mahamane Ousmane.

Mr. Hama, who was unable to run for president due to a court conviction, had supported Ousmane.

During the electoral campaign, he attacked the Arab origins of Mr. Bazoum, sometimes very vehement words that could be liable, according to several sources close to power, to criminal prosecution.

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Mr. Alkache accused Mr. Amadou of wanting to "come to power" by "setting fire" in Niger.

The victory of Mohamed Bazoum with 55.7% of the votes, according to the provisional results of the Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni), was contested by Mahamane Ousmane who proclaimed himself the winner with 50.3% of the votes .

As soon as the results were announced on Tuesday evening, demonstrations broke out in several towns across the country, including the capital Niamey, several looting and destruction of public and private property were committed.

These disturbances continued for two days, leaving two dead and several injured, according to the authorities.

Thursday, the home in Niamey of the correspondent of Radio France Internationale (RFI), Moussa Kaka, was vandalized and partly destroyed.

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Senegal: The UN calls for de-escalation after violent riots in Dakar .
Hundreds of young people protest against the arrest of the opponent Ousmane Sonko, whose custody has been extended until Sunday © Leo Correa / AP / SIPA Violent demonstrations are taking place at the moment in Senegal, as here in Dakar on March 5, 2021.

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