Niger: Ecowas suspends Niger


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Niger: Ecowas suspends Niger

West Africa’s trade grouping, Ecowas has suspended Niger after President Tandja went ahead with a controversial parliamentary election. Ecowas had called on Mr. Mamadou Tandja to postpone the vote indefinitely to allow talks with opposition politicians, who boycotted Tuesday’s election, notes BBC. Mr. Tandja dissolved parliament earlier this year and changed the constitution to allow him to stand for a third term. After talks on the weekend, Ecowas had warned the 71-year-old president to delay the election. According to his supporters, Mr. Tandja should stay in power because he has brought financial stability to one of the world’s poorest nations.

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