Niger Election to Mark Return to Civilian Rule Amid Spate of Kidnappings

Published on 28 January 2011

Niger holds elections on Jan. 31 to choose a new president and parliament and re-establish civilian rule as an al-Qaeda-linked group steps up attacks in Africa’s biggest uranium producer. (..) All three leading candidates have promised to improve education and bolster agriculture in a country where just 15 percent of women are literate and 82 percent of the population relies on farming and animal herding, according to data from the World Food Programme and the CIA’s World Fact Book.

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