Oct. 27, 2009, midnight
Opposition politicians are protesting the victory of President Mamadou TANDJA'S co-partisans in legislative elections held on October 20. According to results announced Saturday, the National Movement for the Development of Society won 76 of 113 seats in the lower house. The snap elections were to replace a Parliament that TANDJA dismissed last summer. Lawmakers tried to block a referendum that eventually relaxed Presidential term limits and created an upper house. While most activists accuse TANDJA of effecting a coup, a 1999 constitution gives him the authority to call referenda unilaterally and dismiss the legislature once every two years.