The US embassy in Niamey issued a security message on Wednesday, September 2, warning travelers of a large election demonstration being held at the city's National Stadium. The event began at around 15:00 (local time) and is expected to continue until at least 18:00.
Localized disruptions are likely in the vicinity of the demonstration in the immediate term, including road closures.
Niger is currently scheduled to hold general elections in December 2020, during which incumbent President Mohamed Bazoum is expected to stand against retired general Salou Djibo of the Peace-Justice-Progress (PJP) party. Djibo previously led the military junta which ousted former president Mahamadou Tandja in 2010.
Those in Niamey are advised to monitor developments and avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings due to the risk of exposure to potential crowd disturbances and associated security operations. Travelers should plan alternative routes if in the vicinity of demonstrations and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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