Niger’s ex-President Mamadou Tandja dies at 82

– – Former President of Niger, Mamadou Tandja, has died at the age of 82, the government has said. Tandja was president from 1999 till 2010 when he was overthrown in a coup while trying to stay in power beyond a two-term limit. Shortly after leaving office, he was accused of corruption and jailed but was released a year later after charges against him were dropped. Tandja’s death was announced in statement read on national television. The government has declared three days of national mourning. Current President Issoufou Mahamadou expressed…

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