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Niger political veterans face off in presidential vote

Niger voted Sunday in a presidential run-off between two political heavyweights that is set to bring about the first democratic transition of power in the coup-prone country’s history. The world’s poorest nation according to the UN’s development benchmark covering 189 countries, Niger is also struggling with jihadist insurgencies that have spilled over from Mali and Nigeria.
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Benin presidential election set for April 11

Presidential elections in Benin, a West African state whose long record on democracy has become tarnished by accusations of authoritarianism, will take place in April, the government announced. “In line with the constitution, the date of the first round of the presidential election… is Sunday April 11 2021,” it said in a statement Wednesday. President
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