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AfCFTA honours ex-Nigerien leader with a statue in Ghana

– – A bronze bust statue on a marble stone has been unveiled at a ceremony in Ghana’s capital, Accra to honour former president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou. The statue was unveiled in the presence of five African heads of state at the forecourt of the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) based in Accra. Issoufou was honored for his role in getting the continental free trade deal finally activated after decades of delay and inaction. In a statement the AfCFTA secretariat and its partners said Issoufou…

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Niger: Bazoum sworn in as President after coup attempt

– – Mohamed Bazoum has been sworn in as the president of Niger at a ceremony in the capital, Niamey on Friday. The swearing in ceremony was held under beefed-up security following a foiled coup attempt during the week. Niger has been on high alert after that incident and the new president now has a major task to restore order. President Mohamed Bazoum is taking over in Niger’s first democratic transition of power since independence from France in 1960. – – Former President Mahamadou Issoufou stepped down after his two…

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Niger’s outgoing President Issoufou wins African leadership prize

– – Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou has won the 2020 edition of the Ibrahim prize for African leadership. Issoufou was announced as winner of the $5m prize on Monday for his leadership qualities in transforming Niger. Mahamadou Issoufou has served two five-year terms as president from 2011 to 2020. He announced his decision to step down after the two five-year terms, a move that has hailed by many and considered significant in promoting democracy in the West African nation. Issoufou had said that “Handing over power in 2021 to a…

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Niger: Protests erupt after Bazoum wins presidential run-off vote

– – Protests have erupted in Niger with reports of clashes between protesters and police in parts of the capital, Niamey. The clashes erupted before and after the announcement of Mohamed Bazoum as winner of the presidential run-off. Angry supporters of his challenger Mahamane Ousmane have been protesting in opposition strongholds. Protesters have burnt tyres and a campaign vehicle belonging to the ruling PND party have been destroyed. Sunday’s presidential run-off vote was to help citizens choose a new leader towards first democratic transfer of power. – – Outgoing President…

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