BREAKING: Niger Military Junta Appoints New Prime Minister, Details Emerge

Aug 8, 2023 | Uncategorized

  • The coup leaders in Niger Republic have confirmed the appointment of Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine as prime minister
  • Niger’s junta-appointed Zeine as the transitional prime minister on Monday, August 7, to replace Mahamadou Ouhoumoudou
  • A representative of the junta announced Zeine’s appointment through a statement read on the state-owned television channel Télé Sahel on Monday night

Niamey, Niger Republic – Niger Republic’s military coup leaders have made a new announcement regarding a change in the country’s helm of affairs.

Niger coup leaders make a fresh appointment

The military junta on Monday, August 7, announced the appointment of Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine as prime minister, in a statement read out on national television, at a time when the international community is seeking to restore constitutional order, AfricaNews reported.

“Mr (Ali Mahaman) Lamine Zeine has been appointed Prime Minister”, Colonel Major Amadou Abdramane reported.

Who is Zeine, the newly appointed Prime Minister?

Zeine, who was reported to be in his 50s, had served as the cabinet director and finance minister from 2001 until the army overthrew the late former President Mamadou Tandja in 2010.

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As soon as he came to power, former president Mamadou Tandja appointed Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine cabinet director in 2001, then finance minister in 2002, to turn around a chaotic economic and financial situation.

This was a situation inherited from the military who came to power after the assassination in 1999 of General and President Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, in a country whose history is punctuated by seizures of power by force.

Mr Zeine was Finance Minister until Mamadou Tandja was overthrown in a coup d’état in 2010 by Major Salou Djibo, before a presidential election won by Mahamadou Issoufou, predecessor of Mohamed Bazoum, who was deposed on 26 July.

Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, an economist by training, was also resident representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Chad, Côte d’Ivoire and Gabon.

Born in 1965 in Zinder (south), the country’s second most populous town, he joined the Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1991 after studying at the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA) in Niamey. He is also a graduate of the Centre d’études financières, économiques et bancaires in Marseille and Paris-I.

Meanwhile, the junta appointed a presidential guard.

“Lieutenant-Colonel Habibou Assoumane” has also been “appointed Commander of the Presidential Guard”, added Mr Abdramane.

These appointments come a day after the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) gave the ruling military an ultimatum to restore President Mohamed Bazoum to office. The organisation did not rule out the use of force if this demand was not met.

Niger’s Western and African partners are divided on the question of military intervention to return power to civilians, before ECOWAS meets again on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria.

President Bazoum has remained sequestered in his private residence since the day of the coup.

ECOWAS delegation: How Abdulsalami, Sultan were reportedly humiliated by Niger Junta

Meanwhile, a team from the West African bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) envoy, did not achieve their major aim of travelling to the Niger Republic to negotiate with the military juntas.

The ECOWAS delegation to Niger led by former Nigerian military leader Abdulsalami Abubakar was humiliated on Thursday, August 3, by the Nigerien junta as the members were prevented from leaving the airport.

Niger coup leaders to recall ambassador from Nigeria

The General Abdourahmane Tchiani-led military junta in the Republic of Niger is planning on recalling the Nigerien Ambassador to Nigeria after failing to come to terms with the delegation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on the return of democracy in Niger.

The junta is also planning to recall Nigerien Ambassadors to the US, France, and Togo, as it pushes to evict French and US troops in the country while declaring an end to all Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between France and the Republic of Niger, The Punch reported on Friday, August 4.


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