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Vol 59 No 8

Published 20th April 2018


Niger

Issoufou under fire

Steep new taxes, a crackdown on the informal economy and an agreement with the EU spur mass protests

This year's national budget may have been hailed as 'courageous' by the European Union's top official in Niamey, but it was received with markedly less enthusiasm by most Nigeriens. A raft of taxes, including VAT on staples including rice and sugar, as well as utilities such as electricity and water, has sparked protests on a scale not seen since 2005. At the same time, a new inheritance tax has offended some Islamic groups in this Muslim-majority country.

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