More than 90 pct voters support Niger's new constitution in referendum

16:38, November 03, 2010      

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More than 90 percent of voters in Niger supported the new constitution in the just-concluded referendum, marking the West African country's new era of the 7th Republic since its independence in 1960, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

CENI President Ghousmane Abdourahamane announced on Tuesday that 98.18 percent of Nigeriens going to the referendum held on Sunday voted for the new constitution.

The "yes" votes numbered 3,124,152, while only 340,115 voted against, Abdourahamane told a press conference held in the Nigerien capital Niamey.

The turnout hit 3,538,326 out of the 6,720,335 registered voters, representing 52.65 percent, the official added.

The referendum was held in calm, without disruption reported.

Niger plans to hold presidential elections on Jan. 31 to end the political crisis triggered by a constitutional referendum last year and a military coup in February.

The military junta headed by Salou Djibo toppled former president Mohammadu Tanja on Feb. 18, citing his action to cling to power against the constitution by a referendum last year to scrap the limits on the presidential tenure.

The smooth holding of Sunday's referendum is seen as a good sign in the run-up to the presidential vote against a backdrop of instability.

The Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), or Niger's military junta, declared last month that it had thwarted a coup attempt involving four top officials, including the junta's No. 2 Col. Abdoulaye Badie and Col. Abdou Sidikou Issa, the head of the national guard.

Source: Xinhua


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