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Niger's President to Face Runoff Ballot

Niger's president, Mamadou Tandja, will face the leader of the largest opposition party in a runoff election set for December 4, after failing to win an outright majority in his re-election bid.

Results from Niger's election commission show President Tandja won almost 41 percent of ballots cast. His strongest challenger, Mahamadou Issoufou of the opposition Niger Party for Democracy and Socialism, came in second with a little more than 24 percent of the vote.

International observers declared Tuesday's poll free and transparent. Forty eight percent of the nation's five million eligible voters took part in the election.

President Tandja, elected in 1999, is the first leader in Niger to serve an entire five-year term without being ousted or assassinated.

On the date of the presidential runoff election, December 4, voters also will cast ballots for Niger's parliament.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.