Nigerien opposition parties and civil society groups have formed a new platform dubbed Patriotic Republican Front (FDR) to push the government of President Mahamadou Issoufou to organize “inclusive, free, fair and transparent” elections in 2016.


The front is mainly comprised of the National Movement for the Development of Society of Seyni Oumarou, Mahamane Ousmane’s Social Democratic Convention and the Nigerien Democratic Movement for African Federation (Moden Fa) of Hama Amadou as well as several Nigerien civil society groups and trade unions.

In an “inaugural” declaration on Monday in Niamey, the signatories of the document establishing the new front reaffirmed their determination to fight for preservation of democratic and republican values and also push Mahamadou’s government to organize “inclusive, free, transparent and fair elections on the basis of a consensual electoral register.”

Niger is scheduled to hold presidential, legislative and local elections in 2016.

FDR members said that in Mahamadou’s attempt to win a second presidential term, he had “tried to impose his will on all institutions charged with organizing the elections, especially the Biometric Electoral Register Committee and the National Independent Electoral Commission.”

They further accused the president of “politicizing Niger’s public administration, buying the conscience of parliamentarians and trying to muzzle the judicial system.”

The signatories of the document concluded that “the current Nigerien government was not concerned about the country’s peace, security as well as social and political stability.” Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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