Voting in Niger's presidential run-off starts

23:56, March 12, 2011      

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The voting exercise in Niger's second round of presidential elections started on Saturday across the entire national territory.

The polling stations opened at 0700 GMT and will close at 1800 GMT. Some 6.7 million people were registered to vote in the presidential run-off.

President of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD) who is also the transitional president Salou Djibo voted at exactly 0700 GMT at the polling station No. 00 which is situated at the Hotel de Ville in Niamey.

He was followed by members of CSRD, government officials and heads of various transitional public institutions.

Nigeriens will choose between the opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou of PNDS and Seyni Oumarou of MNSD.

The new president will take over from the regime of the deposed leader Tandja Mamadou and will be expected to guide the country's destiny for the next five years.

Niger held the first round of the presidential election in February this year in which Issoufou garnered 36.16 percent of the votes while Oumarou got 23.2 percent of the votes.

Niger is a landlocked country in Western Africa, bordering Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east.

The capital city is Niamey.

Niger is one of the world's leading producers of Uranium, producing about 7. 5 percent of the world's uranium.

Source: Xinhua

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