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Niger holds presidential election

01-31-2011 15:44 BJT

NIAMEY, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Niger holds the presidential and parliamentary elections on Monday to restore the constitutional order and democracy after a military coup in February 2010.

The vote is set to begin at 8 a. m. local time (0700 GMT) and end at 7 p. m. (1800 GMT).

A total of 6,730,472 Nigeriens will cast ballots in 20,899 polling stations across the land-locked African country to choose the president from among 10 candidates, and elect 113 parliamentarians.

A second round of election will be held in mid-March between the two leading candidates if none has a clear win on Monday.

The military junta toppled former president Mamadou Tandja on Feb. 18, 2010, citing his attempts to cling to power.

The junta known as the CSRD pledged a transitional period pending the polls to end the political crisis and vowed no part in the elections under international pressure.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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