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Niger military leader appoints AfDB Manager Zeine as Prime Minister

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The Niger Republic military government has appointed African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Chad Country Manager, Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, as Prime Minister.

Daily Trust reports that the new prime minister formerly served as finance minister under Mamadou Tandja, who led the country from 1999 to 2010 after its return to civilian rule.

A spokesman for the military junta led by General Abdourahmane Tchiani made the announcement on television late Monday.

The 58-year-old minister is expected to lead consultations for the formation of a new government in the country.

AFRIPOST recalls that the military toppled the democratically elected government of President Mohamed Bazoum and suspended constitution order on July 26, 2023.

Responding, the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), gave a one week ultimatum to the coup plotters to reinstate President Bazoum-led democratic government that expired few days ago.

Also in response to the junta, Nigeria and other ECOWAS states have closed borders with Niger Republic.

The regional body is to hold another emergency summit on Thursday in Nigeria to address the political crisis in Niger after the military leaders ignored its ultimatum to cede power.


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