Not sure that West Africa needs any more political instability…
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk
Military coup ousts Niger president
The president was seized in a gun battle in Niger’s capital, Niamey
A coup has taken place in Niger and the president has been captured after a gun battle in the capital, Niamey.
In a television announcement, a spokesman for the plotters said Niger’s constitution had been suspended and all state institutions dissolved.
The country was now being led by a group called the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), the spokesman said.
President Mamadou Tandja is believed to be in captivity at a military barracks.