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General Salou Djibou to contest in Niger’s upcoming elections

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Niger’s General Salou Djibo, an ex leader of the country’s military junta, is set to contest in the upcoming 2020 presidential election after he was nominated on Sunday as the candidate for the Peace-Justice-Progress (PJP) party.

Gen. Salou warmly accepted the candidacy of the party at a ceremony with over 5,000 people present at the Niamey Sports Palace. The General, who is 55 years, was the one that led the military junta that removed President Mahamadou Tandja back in February 2010, after he tried to remain in power after the stipulated two-term limit.

Djibo himself stayed in power until April 2011 before he handed power over to civilian rule, in the form of the current president Mahamadou Issoufou. The ruling party nominated Mohamed Bazoum, who is the current Minister of Interior, as its candidate.

Djibou retired from the army in 2019, and believes he can succeed Issoufou, whose is currently serving his final term in office. The first round of the presidential election in Niger, and the legislative elections, is set for December 27, 2020.

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