Niger

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INFORMATION

Capital: Niamey

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Mahamadou Issoufou

Economy:

  • Agriculture contributes about 40% of GDP and provides livelihood for about 80% of the population.
  • Sizable reserves of oil.
  • Drought, desertification, and strong population growth have undercut the economy.

Population: 22,772,361 (2020)

Land Size: 1.27 million sq km (489,000 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Hausa: 55.4%
  • Djerma Sonrai: 21%
  • Tuareg: 9.3%
  • Peuhl: 8.5%
  • Kanouri Manga: 4.7%
  • Other: 1.2% (2001 census)
Religions:

  • Muslim: 80%
  • Other (includes Indigenous African Religions and Christian): 20%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Hausa
  • Djerma

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Sep 18, 2020: Rights Groups Call for Release of Six Detained Protestors - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [CIVICUS] On 15 September 2020 it will be six months since three human rights defenders were jailed in Niger simply for participating in peaceful protests calling for an investigation into allegations of the misuse of funds by the Ministry of Defence.
  • Thu - Sep 17, 2020: Fear of Terror and the Military in Niger - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [DW] The recent discovery of 71 bodies in six mass graves in Niger is not an isolated incident. In the Sahel region countries, soldiers repeatedly violate the rights of civilians.
  • Mon - Sep 7, 2020: Buhari Urges West African Leaders to Shun Tenure Elongation - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari has urged West African leaders not to elongate their tenures in office.
  • Sun - Sep 6, 2020: Niger Probe - Soldiers Executed Dozens of Civilians - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [DW] An investigation into the deaths of more than a hundred people last year has put the blame on the country's army. Dozens of people disappeared after an Islamist attack at a military base in December.
  • Tue - Sep 1, 2020: Niger Passes New Law On Interception of Communications - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [IFEX] Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)