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Comment by the Information and Press Department on presidential elections in the Republic of Chad

On May 4, the Constitutional Council of the Republic of Chad published the official results of the presidential elections that took place there on April 10. The incumbent president, Idriss Déby Itno, won the elections with 59.92 per cent of the vote.

The observers of the African Union and the Economic Community of Central African States recognised the validity of the elections. They did not register any serious violations that could have affected the results of the voting.

Moscow welcomes Chad’s successful holding of peaceful and transparent elections, which became a landmark in the democratic development of that friendly country.

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the presidential election in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

On May 2, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea announced the results of the presidential election held in the country on April 24. According to official data, the incumbent president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, won the election with 93.5 per cent of the vote.

The African Union observers deemed the election valid. No serious violations affecting the citizens' expression of will were registered.

Moscow expects that the presidential election in Equatorial Guinea, which we have friendly relations with, will encourage the republic's further advancement on the path of stable political, social and economic development.

Comment by the Information and Press Department on presidential elections in the Republic of Niger

On March 20, the second round of presidential elections was held in the Republic of Niger. According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), the incumbent head of state Mahamadou Issoufou won the election by an absolute majority of votes.

International election monitors from the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the International Organisation of La Francophonie said the people were able to vote peacefully and without any serious violations. Members of the opposition decided not to run in the second election round.

We expect that Nigerien society will continue to move along the road of stable and democratic development.

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the presidential election in Benin

On March 20, the second round of the presidential election took place in the Republic of Benin. According to preliminary reports from the National Electoral Commission, the contest was won by prominent businessman Patrice Talon with over 65 percent of the vote.

International observers, including those from the African Union, have recognised the election as transparent and honest. There have been no serious violations that would affect the outcome of the poll.

We regard the successful holding of the presidential election in Benin as an important step in the country’s advancement down the path of stable socio-political development.

Comment by the Information and Press Department on terrorist attacks in northeastern Nigeria

Several populated areas and a camp for refugees and internally displaced people were attacked by terrorists in northeastern Nigeria on January 30 and 31, resulting in more than 80 deaths and the burning of the village of Dalori.

According to the Russian Embassy in Nigeria, there were no Russian nationals among the victims.

We resolutely condemn this bloody attack against peaceful civilians, which the Nigerian authorities blame on Boko Haram, an extremist group affiliated with the Islamic State.

We express solidarity with Nigeria’s people and government and convey our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased. We wish the injured a speedy recovery and again urge the international community to focus on coordinated efforts in the fight against the international terrorist threat.

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