Niger's presidential bloc is trailing a coalition of 11 opposition parties by 128 seats, according to results for just over half the 2,052 municipal, departmental and regional seats contested in February's local elections, AFP reported on Tuesday.
However, the Supreme Court, which released the results, ordered a rerun of the elections in 17 of the country's 72 municipalities, 21 of its 26 departments and five of its seven regions, where the voting - on 7 February - was marred by vandalism, arson and the theft of voting material, AFP reported.
No date was set for the new elections, according to the BBC.
All told, the opposition obtained 596 seats against 468 for supporters of President Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, according to AFP. However, the presidential bloc won 34 seats in regional assemblies as against 33 for the opposition, which led by 164 seats to 126 in the departmental assemblies.
Councillors are elected for four years.
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