Niger's Constitutional Court has rejected the candidacy of opposition leader Hama Amadou. In a statement read out to the media in Niamey on Friday, the court announced the names of the candidates who met all the criteria set by the country's laws. Only 30 candidates managed to cross the line out of the 41 candidates whose papers went to court. Among them is the ruling PNDS candidate Tarraya Bazoum Mohamed and now some opposition parties have filed a lawsuit against him, challenging his application for full citizenship. Eleven candidates, including Moden Lumana and opposition leader Hama Amadou, are among the candidates. Hama Amadoun has been convicted of child trafficking by a court in Niamey and sentenced to one year in prison by the Constitutional Court. Under Niger's constitution, the rejection of Hama Amadou and 10 other candidates means that they will not run in the by-elections, and neither will their parties. The first round of the presidential election will be held on December 27 with 30 candidates.
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