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Yearbook 1997

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.

1997 Niger

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.

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