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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Standoff in Niger between EU and President

Niger President Mamadou Tandja has come under intense pressure by world leaders, government and regional bodies after he dissolved Parliament and assumed "emergency powers". Tandja faced stiff resistance by the international community in his bid to stay in power at "all cost."

Niger which has one of the world’s largest uranium deposit is among one of the world poorest nations with over 80% of its population living below $1 a day while a huge percentage of its national budget depend heavily on donor funding.

The European Union – the main source of funding for West African States - warned of aid cuts if Tanja failed to respect the Constitution. Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid warned: "Any changes to the constitution, notably its fundamental articles, should not be made in the absence of consensual and inclusive dialogue."

link: AfricaNews - International pressure mounts on Niger - Murtala


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