Niger's opposition said on March 17 it "will not recognize" the result of March 20's presidential election run-off. (AFP photo)
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Niger voted Sunday in a presidential run-off which incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou is heavily favored to win after his jailed opponent was flown out of the country for medical reasons and an opposition coalition called for a boycott.Issoufou, an ally of the West in its fight against Islamist insurgents in West Africa, won the first round comfortably last month with 48 percent of votes but failed to clinch the outright majority required to avoid a second round.Issoufou's main opponent Hama Amadou, who came in second with 18 percent of the vote in the first round, was jailed in November in connection with a baby-trafficking scandal.
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