12 Things You Didn’t Know About Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou

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Written by Keren Mikva
GeoPolitique-Africaine.com
GeoPolitique-Africaine.com

Issoufou is an engineer by trade

After training in France in engineering during the late 1970s, Issoufou returned to Niger in 1979 to serve as director of mines, a post he held from 1980 to 1985. Following this, he became the secretary general of the French-controlled Mining Company of Niger (or Société des Mines de l’Aïr/SOMAIR), where he stayed until his foray into fulltime politics in 1993.