Niger’s former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum has won the country’s presidential election, the first democratic transition in the coup-prone West African country.
The electoral commission said Bazoum took 55.75% of the vote, with opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane on 44.25%.
Mr Bazoum, 61, was the candidate for the governing party in Sunday’s second-round run-off vote. He is set to succeed President Mahamdou Issoufou, who is stepping down after two five-year terms.
Former president Ousmane’s supporters have protested in the streets of the capital Niamey, alleging fraud.
The West African country has for long struggled with frequent droughts, insurgency and widespread poverty and is ranked as the world’s poorest nation according to the UN’s development rankings for 189 countries. It outlawed slavery as late as 2003.
The country has been affected by a spillover of violence from two jihadist insurgencies in neighbouring Mali and Nigeria.
Mr Ousmane, 71, was the first democratically elected president of Niger in 1993 but was overthrown in a military coup three years later.
The provisional results must still be confirmed by the constitutional court.