Ex-Nigerien president Mamadou Tandja has died aged 82, the government announced on Tuesday.
Tandja’s death was announced in statement read on national television, with a decree of three days of national mourning.
President Issoufou Mahamadou took to Twitter to express condolences to his family.
”To his grieving family, and to the Nigerien people, I extend my sincere and sincere condolences. That his soul rests in peace”, he said.
Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Mamadou Tandja (1938 – 24 November 2020) was a Nigerien politician who was President of Niger from 1999 to 2010.
He was President of the National Movement of the Development Society (MNSD) from 1991 to 1999 and unsuccessfully ran as the MNSD’s presidential candidate in 1993 and 1996 before being elected to his first term in 1999.
While serving as President of Niger, he was also Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from 2005 to 2007.
Tandja is of mixed Fula and Soninke ethnicity. He was the first President of Niger who is not ethnically Hausa or Djerma.
Following a constitutional crisis in 2009, which was caused by Tandja’s efforts to remain in office beyond the originally scheduled end of his term, he was ousted by the military in a coup d’état in February 2010.