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15 candidates approved for Niger presidential race

Niger President Issoufou Mahamadou, pictured on August 5, 2014, was elected in 2011 and is seeking another termNiger’s constitutional court has approved 15 candidates for next month’s presidential election, the interior ministry announced Saturday, including imprisoned opposition figure Hama Amadou. Incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou, elected in 2011, is seeking another term and will also be up against chief opposition leader Seini Oumarou, former president Mahamane Ousmane and ex-planning minister Amadou Boubacar Cisse, among others. At the start of the week the interior ministry put forward 16 names of potential candidates to contest the February 21 election.

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