The newly elected President of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum has been sworn in.
Bazoum is 61-year-old and he succeeded Mahamadou Issoufou, who completed his second term. The presidential tenure is 5 years.
The swearing in marked the country’s first democratic transfer of power.
Bazoum who was declared winner in February, is of the ruling Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS – Tarayya).
He won the second round of voting with 55.75 percent, beating Mahamane Ousmane, a former President toppled by a coup in 1996.
Ousmane and his party rejected the results.
Bazoum, a close ally of Issoufou, led the PNDS since 2011. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 1996 and held the same position from 2011 to 2015.
He was the Minister of State at the Presidency from 2015 to 2016, and Minister of State for the Interior between 2016 and 2020.
The new president assumed power after an attepted coup. The government said several arrests have been made and investigations ongoing.
The country has faced insecurity problem in recent times and the worst in its history occurred last month in the western Tahoua region.
Jihadists murdered 137 people, in many villages, hours after the constitutional court validated the election of Bazoum.
58 people were also killed in two separate attacks on sellers in the Tillaberi region near Niger’s border with Mali and Burkina Faso.