October 31, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On October 31, 2010, Niger held a referendum on whether to adopt a new constitution after the military coup staged by the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (SCRD) that ousted PresidentMamadou Tandja in February 2011. The SCRD had suspended the previous constitution and dissolved ...[read more]
May 11, 2011
by John Paul Putney
The appeals court in Niger's capital Niamey ordered the release of former president Mamadou Tandja Tuesday after dropping all charges against the ousted leader. Tandja has been in custody for 14 months following a military coup in February 2010. The military junta charged Tandja with corruption ...[read more]
November 8, 2010
by Matt Glenn
The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) ruled Monday that the Nigerien military junta should release ousted president Mamadou Tandja whom they have held since deposing him in a February coup. The court, which does not have the power to make the junta comply ...[read more]
November 3, 2010
by LaToya Sawyer
Voters in Niger have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new constitution, according to results published Tuesday. Military leaders of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), who have held power after staging a coup in February to oust then-president Mamadou Tandja, assert that ...[read more]
October 31, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
Niger held a referendum Sunday on whether to adopt a new constitution following February's coup, in which a military government replaced that of then-president Mamadou Tandja. If approved, the constitution would limit the powers of the president, confining officeholders to two terms and require ...[read more]
March 29, 2010
by Ann Riley
Nigerien police arrested a dozen former ministers and officials loyal to ousted president Mamadou Tandja late Sunday. The close aides to Tandja, including former finance minister Lamine Zeine, former justice minister Garba Lompo, and former minister of public works Lamido Oumarou, were detained ...[read more]
February 23, 2010
by Ann Riley
Nigerien rights group, the United Front for the Safeguard of Democratic Assets (Fusad), called Tuesday for the prosecution of ousted president Mamadou Tandja on treason charges. Fusad, which is allied with the opposition party that led last week's coup, claims that Tandja is guilty of ...[read more]
February 18, 2010
by Sarah Miley
Niger President Mamadou Tandja was taken hostage on Thursday in an apparent coup attempt by dissident army officials, leaving at least three Nigerien soldiers dead. The opposition forces invaded the presidential palace with machine guns during a meeting of government ministers and kidnapped Tandja ...[read more]
September 15, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A Niger opposition leader who opposed a constitutional referendum to allow President Mamadou Tandja to remain in office said Monday that he had been charged with financial crimes. Mahamadou Issoufou, leader of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS), claims the corruption charges ...[read more]
September 6, 2009
by Amelia Mathias
Members of the Niger opposition party said Saturday that police had detained 30 former opposition lawmakers, allegedly at the behest of Niger President Mamadou Tandja. The 30 former member of parliament were arrested on charges of embezzlement, but are likely being targeted for their opposition ...[read more]

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