Niger Prepares for First Democratic Transition

01/18/2021 Niger (International Christian Concern) – The country of Niger has had a rough history with regards to democracy. The last transition of power that took place was the coup that overthrew the last president, Mamadou Tandja in 2010. In 2011, Mahamadou Issoufou assumed his role as the new president of the country. He has had a successful eight years as president in many ways, increasing the country’s economic status as well as lessening tensions between certain groups.

President Issoufou has taken another very important step this year as well. He has decided to step aside from his current position. Unlike many of his contemporaries across the African continent, he is following their constitutional law about term limits. Many other African presidents have done everything in their power to overturn these laws and retain power. This important step means that Niger may have a future with democracy.

Despite all of these gains, Islamic terrorist groups, devastating poverty and weak government control could still stop and reverse all of this progress. Terrorist groups from Mali, Tunisia, Algeria and Nigeria, continue to cause chaos and destruction in the country. Niger also continues to be one of the poorest countries in the world at its current rank, number 4.

If democracy increases, it might mean increased freedom for the Christian minority population of the country. However, if this progress is halted or reversed, it could mean increased persecution as well. If Islamic extremism is allowed to take over the country or parts fo it, Christians will suffer at the hands of those who hate them most. Please pray that the current election would end peacefully in Niger and that democracy would grow.

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