Niger's Prime Minister Seini Oumarou and two of his ministers have resigned ahead of legislative election due in October, state media reported on Thursday.

Interior Minister Albade Abouba will replace the premier until a new head of government is named but state television did not say when that would be.

Oumarou, who is the top candidate of his MNSD party in the western Tillaberi region, pointed out that as a candidate in the October 20 vote he had to step down.

The two ministers, who are also running in the election, are communication minister and government spokesman Mohamed Ben Omar and Issaka Labo, who is minister for religious affairs, television said. - AFP