Is this the end of the Nigerien constitutional crisis convulsing Niger since August 2010? Difficult to judge now, – perhaps the situation will improve, perhaps the situation will worse. Nobody knows.
This is the fourth coup d‘ Etat since 40 years in Niger. Niger is one the world’s least-developed nations, perhaps one of the poorest African states. But Niger is still a state. A state with some financially rewarding resources like Uranium. But also a state where natural resource depletation, growing demographic pressures, ecosystem degradation will enormously stress every form of government.
Finishing the short posting with the question – how long will the news of the Coup d’état in Niamey take to reach the world (outside the francophone world) ( BBC news has posted this report „Niger leader Mamadou Tandja ‚held by soldiers‘ „ ), when will the news arrive in Germany? Is anybody in Germany concerned by political struggle in Niger? Perhaps some motor-bike tourists searching the famous „Arbre du Ténéré„? Perhaps?
P.S. I (19.2.2010 8:40): The eastern Sahel , Niger included, is facing a new hunger crisis – and perhaps this should also be taken into consideration in our analysis of the current political process in Niger.
P.S. II (19.2.2010 11:40): The new strong men seems to be chef d‘ escadron (major) Salou Djibo. He heads the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (French: Conseil suprême pour la Restauration de la Démocratie , or CSRD).
P.S. III (19.2.2010 11:50): At 11:40 19.2.2010 the SPON published an article called „Putsch – Militär übernimmt die Macht in Niger“ – describing the coup and analyzing the actual political situation in Niger.