Tuesday, 21 June 2011

After the successful presidential election of last March, the European Union will implement new programs in Niger

in Niger the military junta, that one year ago have overthrown former President Mamadou Tandja, last March helped organise the presidential election. Voters had to choose between opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou and Mr Tandja's ally Seini Oumarou. Mr Tandja had spent 10 years in power, but was overthrown when he tried to overstay his legal term limit.
Mahamadou Issoufou - President of Niger
The army, which has pledged to step down by April, said it was not backing either candidate and would serve whichever government the people chose. General Salou Djibo, who has led the junta since its largely popular coup, called Saturday a "great day for me and for all Nigeriens". The leader of the opposition party Mahamadou Issoufou has been elected president.
The European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said that the European Union is fully resuming its development cooperation with Niger in light of  the country’s successful democratic transition and return to constitutional order following the election of last March. New programs for an amount of €87 million ($124.35 million) will be implemented in the country.
Good news for a country experiencing the exodus of many sub-Saharan Africans, who have worked for years in Libya in low-paid jobs in the oil, agriculture and construction sectors or as domestic servants, leaving the neighbour country in the middle of a civil war

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