Republic of Niger
République du Niger
Note: A new constitution was promulgated on August 18, 2009, following a referendum on August 4 that was approved by 92.5 percent of voters. The opposition boycotted the disputed referendum. Under the new constitution, the president was granted an extension beyond his second five-year term (ending in December 2009) and the right to seek unlimited reelection. In National Assembly elections on October 20, the governing National Movement for a Developing Society–Victory won 76 of 113 seats. For the first time independents were elected to parliament, securing a total of 11 seats. One seat was subsequently annulled.
Political Status: Former French dependency; independence declared August 3, 1960; military regime established April 15, 1974; constitution of September 1989, providing for single-party military/civilian government, suspended ...