Niger Goes to Polls Amid Security Challenges

Polls opened Sunday in Niger's presidential election that is expected to see the country's first democratic power transfer since independence from France. Former Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum, the ruling party's candidate, is the overwhelming favorite to succeed President Mahamadou Issoufou. After a deadly Boko Haram attack in the south-east earlier in December, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the security forces to "make every effort" to protect the civilians as they take part in Sunday's elections.

Mohamed Bazoum, tipped to win the election, speaks at a campaign event speech at Diffa in southeastern Niger.

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