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Niger is going to the polls looking for the primary democratic transition

Voting began in Niger on Sunday in an election expected to lead to the West African nation's first transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents. A smooth handover would be a rare bright spot for a country plagued by widespread poverty and violence that has killed hundreds of civilians and soldiers in the past year alone. Niger has experienced four coups since gaining independence from France in 1960. This would also be in contrast to Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea, whose presidents this…

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