Republic of Niger
République du Niger
Note: On March 12, 2011, Mahamadou ISSOUFOU of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS-Tarayya) was elected president after a second round of balloting. The elections were held following the ousting in February 2010 of former president Mamadou TANDJA by military coup.
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 on August 4, 1991, by a National Consultative Conference that had declared itself a sovereign body on July 30; multiparty constitution of December 27, 1992, suspended by military coup on January 27, 1996; new constitution adopted on May 22, 1996, following approval by national referendum on May 12; constitution suspended by the military-based ...