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Thousands rally in support of Niger coup

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  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    Thousands rally in support of Niger coup
    BBC News Online

    People in the capital seem to be overwhelmingly behind the coup

    Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Niger capital in a second day of demonstrations of support for Thursday's military takeover. Opposition politicians and coup leaders addressed a rally celebrating the overthrow of President Mamadou Tandja and the dissolution of his government.
    Niger has been suspended by the African Union, and the international community has been quick to condemn the coup.

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also condemned it and called for calm.
    The new ruling military council - the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy - has announced the lifting of a curfew declared hours after the coup and the re-opening of borders.

    Ten people are said to have died when the junta seized power.
    The coup follows growing discontent with Mr Tandja following a controversial referendum last August to abolish limits on presidential terms of office, observers say.

    'Best interest'
    A crowd put at 10,000 turned out on Saturday, with some people carrying signs in support of democracy and the army. Military leaders stood on top of trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns.

    Chronic poverty
    Population 14 million, 61% live on less than $1 a day
    Resource rich
    Huge reserves of uranium, Chinese firms digging for oil
    Politically unstable
    History of coups, assassinations and on-off rebellion by nomadic Tuareg people in the north

    Source: World Bank

    Niger, where the army matters
    Country profile: Niger

    "We say thank you to the junta for their intervention," an opposition spokesman, Bazoum Mohamed, told the rally.
    "We are for the restoration of democracy and we are committed to joining the army in this mission."

    A military leader, Harouna Djibrilla Adamou, told the crowds: "We thank you for your overwhelming support."
    "What we did was in the best interest of Niger. We ask you to stay calm, we're here for you, we're listening and we assure you that we will never let you down," he said.

    An opposition coalition formed last year to protest against Mr Tandja's constitutional changes has written to the new military leadership, calling for a new constitution and for free and transparent elections to be organised.
    However, Niger's new rulers have so far not mentioned a return to civilian rule.

    'Safe and well'
    Troops stormed the presidential palace during a cabinet meeting on Thursday afternoon, seizing Mr Tandja and his ministers before announcing that they were suspending the constitution and dissolving all state institutions.

    Col Goukoye Abdul Karimou read a statement signed by Col Salou Djibo

    Niger's new leaders have promised to turn the country into an example of "democracy and good governance" and save its people from "poverty, deception and corruption".
    A senior army officer, Col Salou Djibo, was named head of a military government.
    Mr Tandja, a 71-year-old former army officer, was first elected in 1999 and was returned to power in an election in 2004.

    His second term in office expired in December, but was extended to allow him to complete major investment projects.
    A junta spokesman, Col Goukoye Abdul Karimou, told the BBC on Friday that the president was "safe and well".

    Niger has experienced long periods of military rule since independence from France in 1960.
    It is one of the world's poorest countries, but Mr Tandja's supporters argue that his decade in power has brought a measure of economic stability.
  2. Steve Dii

    Steve Dii JF-Expert Member

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    Aliyataka mwenyewe huyo aliyepinduliwa. Ona sasa tamaa zinakoweza kumpeleka mtu. Sasa hivi hatapata hayo mafao. Miviongozi mingi Afrika yetu inatamaa za kijinga sana. Wamelibakiza LiMgabe...!!
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    Which is lesser evil abolishing limits of presidential term or military coup?Writing is on wall viongozi vinganganizi.
  4. Ben Saanane

    Ben Saanane Verified User

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    Safi sana,huyu jama inatakiwa afanye kitu tofauti ku-prove kwamba si mapinduzi yote ni haramu.wape watu katiba nzuri yenye misingi ya demokrasia ,andaa uchaguzi huru na wa haki then step down!nitakuunga mkono...power to people,full stop!
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    Hivi wanajeshi wetu hawatamani vitu vizuri kama hivi? Mnalala baracks nchi inaisha hii. Au mafunzo ya kijeshi ya nchi za Afrika magharibi na hizi za kwetu huku ni tofauti? Hawa ndio aina ya wanajeshi ambao nchi inapaswa kujivuna kuwa nao.
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