BBC News – Military coup ousts Niger president

Not sure that West Africa needs any more political instability…

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

Military coup ousts Niger president

President Tandja (file image)

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.

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