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Niger to hold tense run-off despite lone challenger's absence

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou is seeking a second term in officeWith the main challenger airlifted from jail to a Paris hospital and an opposition boycott, President Mahamadou Issoufou seems certain to win re-election on Sunday in Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries. It pits the 64-year-old Issoufou, a former mining engineer nicknamed “the Lion”, against former ally Hama Amadou, 66, known as “the Phoenix” for his ability to make political comebacks. Amadou has been forced to campaign from behind bars after being detained on November 14 on baby-trafficking charges he says are bogus and aimed at keeping him out of the race.

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