Niger's security-minded president vies for 2nd term in vote

February 21, 2016 6:44 PM

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NIAMEY, Niger (AP) - Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou sought re-election Sunday, touting his record of defending the West African nation from Islamic extremists as he vied against 14 other candidates to capture a second five-year term.

The election unfolded without major incident, although the late arrival of voting materials caused many polling stations to stay open after their scheduled closing time. Niger had about 7.5 million voters registered for the election, and candidates were also competing for 171 legislative seats.

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