Niger

Country Niger
Capital Niamey
Continent Africa
Currency West African CFA franc(XOF)
Languages French, Hausa, Fulfulde, Gourmanchéma, Kanuri, Zarma & Tamasheq

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Introduction

Niger became independent from France in 1960 and experienced single-party and military rule until 1991, when Gen. Ali SAIBOU was forced by public pressure to allow multiparty elections, which resulted in a democratic government in 1993. Political infighting brought the government to a standstill and in 1996 led to a coup by Col. Ibrahim BARE. In 1999, BARE was killed in a counter coup by military officers who restored democratic rule and held elections that brought Mamadou TANDJA to power in December of that year. TANDJA was reelected in 2004 and in 2009 spearheaded a constitutional amendment that would allow him to extend his term as president. In February 2010, a military coup deposed TANDJA, immediately suspended the constitution and dissolved the Cabinet, and promised that elections would be held following a transitional period of unspecified duration. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with minimal government services and insufficient funds to develop its resource base. The largely agrarian and subsistence-based economy is frequently disrupted by extended droughts common to the Sahel region of Africa. A predominately Tuareg ethnic group emerged in February 2007, the Nigerien Movement for Justice (MNJ), and attacked several military targets in Niger's northern region throughout 2007 and 2008. Successful government offensives in 2009 limited the rebels' operational capabilities.

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Niger - Wikipedia
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Militants kill 15 Niger soldiers in patrol ambush - Reuters

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Militants kill 15 Niger soldiers in patrol ambush
Reuters
NIAMEY Militants ambushed an army patrol in Niger on Thursday, killing 15 soldiers and wounding 19, the Defense Ministry said, occurring in an area near the border with Mali where violent Islamists have been seeking to expand their reach. "A search ...
Extremists attack Niger military patrol, kill 15 soldiersMiami Herald
'Terrorist attack' kills 15 soldiers in NigerVanguard
15 Soldiers Killed, Over Dozen Injured in Western Niger AttackSputnik International

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Niger conflict highlights humanitarian aid, development funding ... - Devex

Devex

Niger conflict highlights humanitarian aid, development funding ...
Devex
Residents in Kindjani village, Niger, collect water delivered to the community by Catholic Relief Services. Photo by: Michael Stulman / Catholic Relief Services.
10 soldiers killed in western Niger attack - Anadolu AgencyAnadolu Agency
Attack by suspected al Qaeda-linked group kills 15 soldiers in Niger ...TRT World

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Actor Orlando Bloom meets children in Niger displaced by Boko Haram attacks - Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph

Actor Orlando Bloom meets children in Niger displaced by Boko Haram attacks
Belfast Telegraph
Areas of Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon have been affected by the militant group which has displaced 2.3 million people, making this one of the fastest growing displacement crises in Africa. The Diffa region hosts over 240,000 displaced people and ...

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PDP Has Appealed Port Harcourt Judgment, Says Niger Chairman ... - THISDAY Newspapers

PDP Has Appealed Port Harcourt Judgment, Says Niger Chairman ...
THISDAY Newspapers
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said it has appealed the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt which gave the chairmanship of the ...

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Contractors back to finish 2nd Niger-bridge - Vanguard News - Vanguard

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Contractors back to finish 2nd Niger-bridge - Vanguard News
Vanguard
The Managing Director (MD) of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority ( NSIA), Mr. Uche orji, yesterday, raised a fresh hope of the completion of the ...
Work has commenced on Second Niger Bridge - Uche OrjiNAIJ.COM

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Nigeria - RRRP 2017: Niger Education Overview, January - December 2017 - Reliefweb

Reliefweb

Nigeria - RRRP 2017: Niger Education Overview, January - December 2017
Reliefweb
As of September 2016, the Government of Niger estimated that 302,000 persons, comprised of refugees (30 per cent), IDPs (60 per cent) and returning Niger nationals (10 per cent), was displaced. Insecurity has adversely affected the resilience of the ...

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Niger: Farmers lose crops worth millions to army worms - The Nation Newspaper

Niger: Farmers lose crops worth millions to army worms
The Nation Newspaper
Farmers in four local government areas of Niger State have lost crops worth millions of naira to army worms, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Kabiru Abbas Musa, has said. Musa said the state government had taken steps to prevent ...



The locust invasions devastating Niger - SciDev.Net

SciDev.Net

The locust invasions devastating Niger
SciDev.Net
[NIAMEY] It is the end of December 2016, with clear skies over Niger. But as 2017 draws near prospects are grim for some 500 residents in Bani Kosseye, a village 80km from the capital Niamey. Agricultural production has been poor here, and families' ...



WFP Niger Country Brief, January 2017 - Reliefweb

Reliefweb

WFP Niger Country Brief, January 2017
Reliefweb
The new Protracted Relief and Recover Operation (PRRO) 200961 Strengthening resilience in Niger through an integrated multi-sector and multi-partner safety net approach started. It will focus on two fundamentals pillars: the zero hunger objective and ...



In Niger: Don propounds defusinization concept for smokeless coal ... - Pulse Nigeria

In Niger: Don propounds defusinization concept for smokeless coal ...
Pulse Nigeria
The don made the claim in the university's newsletter, which was given to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Thursday.

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