Population: 18.5 mn.
GDP: $8.29 bn.
Debt: $2.66 bn.

Riots over the Charlie Hebdo cartoon and a baby trafficking scandal put Mahamadou Issoufou under pressure as he prepares to run for re-election early in 2016. A new welfare scheme and a rural development plan are due to start. Issoufou will work more closely with Chad and Nigeria to counter cross-border Boko Haram attacks.

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  • Vol 55 No 7
  •  4th April 2014

Issoufou’s Sahel agenda

Amid diplomatic discord and tough trade talks in Brussels, Niger’s President adeptly pushed for his government’s policies and interests

  • Vol 55 No 4
  •  21st February 2014

Isolation threatens Issoufou

A big rally to back President Issoufou has done little to dispel dissatisfaction with living conditions and corruption

  • Vol 54 No 22
  •  1st November 2013

Ransom? Moi?

Delight at the safe release of French hostages Thierry Dol, Marc Féret, Daniel Larribe and Pierre Legrand on 29 October was dampened by suggestions that President François Hollande’s approval of a 20 million euro ransom was responsible...

  • Vol 54 No 13
  •  21st June 2013

Attack dents Niger’s image

The jihadist challenge is increasing and some militants seem to have friends inside the regime

  • Vol 54 No 12
  •  7th June 2013

After Mali, Niger

Bombings at Arlit and Agadez and a gaol break expose security problems

  • Vol 53 No 8
  •  13th April 2012

Issoufou under siege

As if food shortages and the collapse of Mali and Libya were not enough, a corruption scandal looms

  • Vol 53 No 8
  •  13th April 2012

Gadaffi Junior's gaffe

In September 2011, Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi’s son Es Saadi el Gadaffi arrived in Agadez in the dead of night in a mysterious convoy of vehicles, surrounded by equal mystery over his father’s whereabouts. Libya’s National Transitional Council immediately...

  • Vol 52 No 5
  •  4th March 2011

The EU pays but keeps silent

Opposition candidates declared the first round of the presidential election on 23 January tainted (‘vicié’), putting President François Bozizé’s 64.7% share of the vote in doubt (AC Vol 51 No 25). The European Union, which had paid 60% of the cost of...

  • Vol 51 No 21
  •  22nd October 2010

Coup-makers fall out

Having seized power in a relatively popular coup, vowed to hold elections and tackled a food crisis, Niger’s military junta, headed by Major Salou Djibo, looked to be sitting pretty (AC Vol 51 No 19). It was attracting foreign support for its plans for e...

  • Vol 51 No 19
  •  24th September 2010

Niger, Mauritania, Mali: the politics

For Niger, the crisis with Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) comes as the military regime that overthrew President Mamadou Tandja last February approaches the return of democracy.

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