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Niger holds presidential election

01-31-2011 19:31 BJT

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Niger is holding presidential and parliamentary elections that, it is hoped, will help restore order and democracy in the country, a year after a military coup.

Nearly 7 million people are eligible to take part in Monday's vote, at more than 20 thousand polling stations across the Saharan country. Ten candidates are running for the presidency and 113 members of parliament will also be elected.

Voting is due to end at 18:00GMT and if no candidate achieves a clear majority a second round will be held, between the two leading candidates, in March.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV.CN

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