République du Niger
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Niger was occupied by France after 1883. It achieved full independence on 3 Aug. 1960. Guerrilla activity by Tuaregs of the Armed Resistance Organization (ORA) seeking local autonomy in the north continued into 1995. On 27 Jan. 1996 the army chief of staff Gen. (then Col.) Barré Maïnassara deposed President Ousmane Mahamane and dissolved parliament. In April 1999 President Maïnassara was assassinated by bodyguards at Niamey airport, prompting troops and tanks onto the streets of the capital. A week after the President’s assassination, Daouda Mallam Wanké, leader of the presidential guard and the officer widely suspected of being behind the killing, was named as Maïnassara’s successor.


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Further Reading

  1. Miles, W. F. S., Hausaland Divided: Colonialism and Independence in Nigeria and Niger. Cornell University Press, 1994Google Scholar
  2. Zamponi, Lynda F., Niger [Bibliography] ABC-Clio, Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1994Google Scholar

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