12 Things You Didn’t Know About Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou
Issoufou’s government uncovered a planned assassination plot in July 2011
In July 2011, a planned assassination plot against Issoufou was thwarted. Army officials had planned to assassinate the president at a press conference to mark 100 days in power, leaving the office of the presidency open to another military coup. Members of the Nigerien military, including a major, a lieutenant, and three soldiers were arrested.