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Niger Opposition Suspends Participation in Runoff Election

Niger's opposition coalition said Tuesday that its candidate, Hama Amadou, would not contest a runoff election March 20, increasing the chances that President Mahamadou Issoufou will win a second term. Amadou has been in prison since November on charges relating to baby-trafficking. He says he is innocent and a victim of political repression. The government denies wrongdoing and says it follows the law. "The Coalition for an Alternative has decided to suspend its participation...

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