Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Final Results of Presidential Election in the Republic of Niger

April 8, 2011

  1. With regard to the presidential election held in the Republic of Niger on Saturday, March 12, the Constitutional Council of Niger announced its final results on Friday, April 1, in which Mr. Mahamadou Issoufou was elected the next President. On April 7, Mr. Mahamadou Issoufou assumed the post of President. Japan welcomes the major progress made in the process of the transition to civilian rule through the election of the next President Mr. Issoufou in the democratic presidential election held in Niger.

  2. Japan hopes that the people of Niger will continue to make efforts toward consolidation of peace and progress of democratization in the country.

(Reference)Situation in Niger
(1) In February 2010, the disaffected army of Niger launched a coup d'etat against then President Tandja and announced that Mr. Salou Djibo, Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy, was the Interim Head of State of Niger. In March 2010, a civilian-led interim administration (under Interim Prime Minister Mahamadou Danda) was established, and as a result of the referendum held under the interim administration in October 2010, a new constitution was adopted, which stipulated the holding of the latest presidential election, among other matters. (The voter turnout of the referendum was 52.7%, and the ratio of votes in favor of the constitution was 90.2%).

(2) Several political parties centering on the major four political parties registered candidates for the first vote conducted on January 31, and former Prime Minister Issoufou and former Prime Minister Oumarou nominated themselves for presidential election. (Note: The Interim Head of State and the Interim Prime Minister did not run for the election). Organizations such as the European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have presented an interim viewpoint, praising the peaceful holding of the vote.

(3) Japan has already provided assistance worth approximately 200 million yen (1 billion FCFA) for the latest presidential election by utilizing the counterpart fund. The officials of the Embassy of Japan in Côte d'Ivoire, which also oversees affairs related to Niger, participated in the monitoring of the election.

    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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