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Legal News
27 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The government of Niger announced on Wednesday that it has established a new agency [press release, in French] tasked with combating corruption. The High Authority to Combat Corruption will be comprised of government administration and private sector representatives who will monitor corruption levels, conduct studies and investigations into corrupt … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] The appeals court in Niger's capital Niamey ordered the release of former president Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] Tuesday after dropping all charges against the ousted leader. Tandja has been in custody for 14 months [AP report] following a military coup [JURIST report] in February 2010. The military junta charged … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) [AICT backgrounder] ruled Monday that the Nigerien military junta should release ousted president Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] whom they have held since deposing him [JURIST report] in a February coup. The court, which … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2010
by LaToya Sawyer

[JURIST] Voters in Niger have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new constitution, according to results published Tuesday. Military leaders of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), who have held power after staging a coup [JURIST report] in February to oust then-president Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile], assert that … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Niger held a referendum Sunday on whether to adopt a new constitution following February's coup [JURIST report], in which a military government replaced that of then-president Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile]. If approved, the constitution would limit the powers of the president, confining officeholders to two terms and require presidential … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Nigerien police arrested a dozen former ministers and officials loyal to ousted president Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] late Sunday. The close aides to Tandja, including former finance minister Lamine Zeine, former justice minister Garba Lompo, and former minister of public works Lamido Oumarou, were detained and questioned on charges … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Nigerien rights group, the United Front for the Safeguard of Democratic Assets (Fusad), called Tuesday for the prosecution of ousted president Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] on treason charges. Fusad, which is allied with the opposition party that led last week's coup [JURIST report], claims that Tandja is guilty of … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Niger's military leaders on Thursday suspended the country's constitution [text, DOC] and dissolved all state institutions after the coup [JURIST report] that took place the same day. A spokesperson for the military junta, which is calling itself the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), made the announcement … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Niger President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] was taken hostage on Thursday in an apparent coup attempt by dissident army officials, leaving at least three Nigerien soldiers dead. The opposition forces invaded the presidential palace [AP report] with machine guns during a meeting of government ministers and kidnapped Tandja along … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A Niger opposition leader who opposed a constitutional referendum [JURIST report] to allow President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] to remain in office said Monday that he had been charged with financial crimes. Mahamadou Issoufou, leader of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) [party website, in French], claims … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Members of the Niger opposition party said Saturday that police had detained 30 former opposition lawmakers, allegedly at the behest of Niger President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile]. The 30 former member of parliament were arrested on charges of embezzlement [AFP report], but are likely being targeted for their opposition … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Niger's opposition parties on Monday announced that they would resist any effort to implement a new constitution expanding executive powers, which was approved [JURIST report] by Nigerien voters earlier this month and validated [AFP report] by the country's Constitutional Court on Friday. Human rights activist Abdul Kamardine said [VOA … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Voters in Niger overwhelmingly approved a referendum Friday establishing a new constitution that would allow President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] to remain in office. Among the new constitution's changes is the abolition of a presidential two-term limit, allowing Tandja to remain in office for three more years [AFP report] … [read more]


Legal News
4 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Niger held a referendum Tuesday on a proposed constitution that would allow President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] to remain in office. Tandja had previously promised to step down when his second five-year term expires in December, but if the new constitution is approved, he will be allowed to remain … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] An opposition politician in Niger on Tuesday accused President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] of committing a coup d'etat by annulling the West African country's Constitutional Court on Monday. Bazoum Mohamed of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) [party website] said that Tandja did not have the right … [read more]

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