12 Things You Didn’t Know About Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou
Issoufou has faced civil unrest over his perceived inability to improve living conditions
In the first major rally since his election, Nigeriens took to the streets in December 2013 to protest food insecurity, media censorship, and overall government corruption. The organizers of the rally, a coalition of opposition parties known as the Alliance for the Republic, Democracy and Reconciliation in Niger (ARDR), said 30,000 people attended the rally. Police put the figure at closer to 2,000. The ARDR was formed from 15 opposition parties in October 2013 as a response to Issoufou’s creation of a national unity government.