In January, both Central African Republic and Niger held their first civilian elections since the two countries fell to military coups.
Central African Republic coup leader and incumbent President Francois Bozize won the 23 January election according to official results from the electoral commission. Despite outcry from opposition (including the former president Ange-Felix Patasse) over irregularities and intimidation, the results will stand…for now. A constitutional court has been established to validate the results. We’ll have to wait eagerly as the drama continues to unfold.
According to the electoral commission in Niger, which has yet to release the results of the 31 January first-round election, there will indeed be a run-off between opposition candidate Mahamadou Issoufou and former PM Seini Oumarou. For this one, we’ll have to wait until after the 12 March final. However, unlike C.A.R., Niger’s election appears to have gone off with relative calm.