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

Written by Keren Mikva


Issoufou was arrested following the 1996 coup

At the time of the coup, Issoufou was serving in his new role as the president of the National Assembly. Political deadlock and resentment between parliamentary members and President Ousmane grew, and Issoufou called for Ousmane’s removal from office for “incapacity to govern.” The next day, Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara successfully took over the government in a military coup, arresting Issoufou, Ousmane, and then-Prime Minister Hama Amadou and placing them under house arrest.

Source: MyAfrica.AllAfrica.com