Niger elections marred by ‘fraud,’ Ousmane tells DW
07 March 2021 | 12:09 pm
In an exclusive interview with DW, defeated opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane warns unrest will continue in Niger until the "popular vote" is reflected and authorities put an end to mass arrests.
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