Niger. In mid-January, riots broke out in the capital
Niamey. Participants in the large demonstration train that
pulled through the city drew sharp criticism of the
government's undemocratic policies. According to
Countryaah, more than 50 people were
arrested and both the president and the prime minister
called for calm. Among the arrested were former President Mahamane Ousmane.
The President dissolved the government on two occasions
during the year. The latter conversion, which was done in
November, was more pervasive than the first (in April). In
November, the President dismissed Prime Minister CissÚ and
appointed Foreign Minister Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki instead.
President Ma´nassara described the dismissed government as
incompetent and invited the opposition to join the new
government. The opposition welcomed the president's
invitation but felt it would be better to call for general
elections to resolve the country's political crisis.