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Population: 25.25m
GDP: $14.92bn
Debt: 57% of GDP (2023 forecast)

news from Niger

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Blaming each other

Everyone was warned about the food crisis but politicians ignored it

Quarrels between aid agencies, politicians and United Nations organisations continue as Niger 's people starve. As UN Secretary General Kofi Annan arrived in Niamey for talks with ...

Starting from scratch

A new democracy, an empty treasury and a hollow economy

Niger has calmed down since the elections of November 1999 put it back on the road to democracy, after several turbulent years. Politics were stabilised by the 59.9 per cent vote f...


The much hyped, much criticised, trans-Saharan car race, the Dakar-Cairo Rally (still called Paris-Dakar), won huge but costly publicity when, instead of for the first time driving...

Tandja wins, ok

The former ruling party pulled it off again: Mamadou Tandja of the Mouvement National pour la Société de Développement polled 59.9 per cent of the vote in the military-run presiden...

Dead men's shoes

The election to replace the dead dictator, General Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, is due on 17 October, organised by the man whose soldiers killed him. Major Daouda Malam Wan...

Accidental coup

The murder of President Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara on 9 April was a genuine coup d'etat. After a couple of days' confusion, the dead man's supposed ally, Commandant Daou...

Hornet's nest

Algerian troops raided into north-west Niger in late November, with approval and support from the government in Niamey, Africa Confidential has learned.

Uglier turns

Ambushed by civilian politicians, General Mai¨nassara starts to hit back

Niamey's political violence took an uglier turn on 20 April when unidentified gunmen launched a professional-looking attack on the home of the coordinator of the opposition Front p...

All fall out

A free-market Premier and an ex-military President have conflicting aims

It is always difficult to satisfy both international donors and home-grown politicians. President Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara (known as IBM), a military man with lukewarm s...

Army in brief 

The army's taste of power was brief. General Ibrahim Barré Mainassara's coup of 27 January this year (AC Vol 37 No 3) will be swiftly followed by the presidential elections due (in...

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