Mohamed Bazoum, candidate of the ruling Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS – Tarayya) has been declared the winner of the Niger presidential election.
Bazoum, 61, won the second round of voting with 55.75 percent, according to the electoral commission.
He beat Mahamane Ousmane, a former President toppled by a coup in 1996.
The provisional results must still be confirmed by the constitutional court.
It would be Niger’s first transition from one democratically elected leader to another.
The incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou will complete his second term in early April. The country’s presidential tenure is 5 years.
Bazoum thanked the people of Niger for the confidence they showed by electing him.
“I will be a loyal servant to it to confront all the problems that our country faces”, Bazoum said on Twitter.
In a statement, Ousmane’s campaign alleged theft and stuffing of ballot boxes and threats against voters.
“We demand the immediate suspension of the publication of these results, which do not in any way take into account the expressed will of the Nigerien people for change”, it read.
Bazoum, a protege of Issoufou, has been President of the PNDS since 2011. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 1996, and again from 2011 to 2015.
The President-elect was Minister of State at the Presidency from 2015 to 2016, and Minister of State for the Interior between 2016 and 2020.
President Muhammadu Buhari praised Issoufou on the conduct of the run-off election in the West African state.
Buhari urged all aggrieved persons to follow due process and avoid violence.