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Vol 51 No 6

Published 19th March 2010


Niger

Confusion after the coup

The new military rulers promise an anti-corruption purge and elections but are thin on detail

The 18 February coup was almost surgical and was popular with the many people who wanted President Mamadou Tandja ousted, but the follow-up appears more improvised and chaotic (AC Vol 51 No 5). The group of Djerma officers (mainly colonels and captains) first had to contend with attempts by Tandja’s supporters to undermine the junta from within. General Ali Saidou, who was head of state in 1987-93, has also been drafted in to give the troops some wise words.

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