Niger: Military Seize Power in Coup d’Etat


Iyobosa Uwugiaren
All Africa
February 19, 2010

Nigerien troops stormed the presidential complex amid deadly gun battles in Niamey yesterday and seized President Mamadou Tandja and his cabinet in a coup d’etat.

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International news agencies reported that “gunfire and loud explosions reverberated across the city as soldiers assaulted the palace where Tandja, the country’s strongman for the past decade, presided over a cabinet meeting.”

Diplomatic source said that Tandja’s own presidential guard took part in the coup.

“It happened after a cabinet meeting. It would appear that President Tandja is currently in the hands of the rebels and that the members of the government are themselves held,” the diplomat said.

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