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Niger presidential candidate Amadou ill, to be flown to Paris

Niger presidential candidate Hama AmadouNiger presidential candidate Hama Amadou, who was jailed for four months, is ill and will be flown Wednesday to Paris for medical treatment, just days before standing for election, an opposition spokesman said. Amadou, 66, faces incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou in a second-round run-off vote Sunday after campaigning from behind bars since being jailed on shadowy baby-trafficking charges in November. Amadou was flown by helicopter to the capital Niamey from Filingue, the town where he was jailed 180 kilometres (110 miles) away, and “will being directly evacuated to Paris,” said Ousseini Salatou, spokesman for the COPA 2016 opposition coalition.

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