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NIGER: Eight register for November presidential pollAbidjan, 30 August 1999 (IRIN) - Niger's political parties have nominated eight candidates for presidential polls scheduled for 17 October, news organisations have reported.
The deadline for the nominations was on 27 August and the Cour d'Etat - roughly equivalent to a constitutional court - is expected to vet the candidates over the next few days.
The eight - proposed by seven parties - include former president Mahamane Ousmane, overthrown in 1996 by General Ibrahim Barre Mainassara, who was killed in a coup on 9 April 1999.
The Cour d'Etat is expected to decide which of two candidates nominated by rival factions of the Rassemblement pour la dimocratie et le progrhs (RDP), which was Mainassara's party, can take part in the election.
The two are Amadou Boubacar Cisse, who was prime minister under
Mainassara, and Hamid Algabid, former secretary general of the
Organisation of Islamic Conference.
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