12 Things You Didn’t Know About Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou
Issoufou was charged with misappropriation of funds in 2009
During the decade-long rule of President Mamadou Tandja, Issoufou was the main opposition leader, often referring to Tandja’s attempts to retain power as a coup d’état. In September 2009, Issoufou was charged with misappropriation of funds and released on bail, a charge he claims was drawn up for political reasons. Issoufou left the country following his release, but returned in October after international warrants for his arrest were issued.