Ex-Junta Leader Djibo To Contest Niger 2020 Presidential Election

General Salou Djibo, (C), installed as leader of the junta after the February 2010 coup, speaks to the press after voting at a polling station, on March 12, 2011 in Niamey. The people of Niger voted for a new civilian president today in landmark polls that the outgoing head of the military junta said should serve as an example of democracy to the whole of Africa. The run-off pits veteran opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou, 59, against former prime minister Seini Oumarou, the 60-year-old leader of Tandja’s party.AFP PHOTO SEYLLOU (Photo credit should read SEYLLOU/AFP via Getty Images)

General Salou Djibo, former head of Niger’s military junta, will contest the 2020 presidential election under the Peace-Justice-Progress party.

He accepted the candidacy at a ceremony before some 5,000 people at the Niamey Sports Palace on Sunday.

Djibo, 55, led the military junta that ousted President Mahamadou Tandja in February 2010, after he tried to stay on in power beyond his two-term limit.

Djibo stayed in power until April 2011 before handing back power to civilian rule, in the form of the current president Mahamadou Issoufou.

Djibo, who retired from the army in 2019, hopes to succeed Issoufou, who is constitutionally barred from serving a third term.

The first round of the presidential election in Niger, coupled with the legislative elections, is set for December 27, 2020.


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