Democratic and Social Convention
Published 18th January, 2011
The CDS-Rahama was founded in 1991 and in the 1993 general election won 22 seats and joined five other parties in forming the Alliance of the Forces for Change (AFC) government. Their Presidential candidate Mahamane Ousmane was elected in the same year before being ousted in a military coup in 1996.
In the 1995 general election the CDS-Rahama won 24 seats and remained part of the AFC coalition. They boycotted the 1999 election.
In the December 2004 general election the CDS-Rahama won 22 out of 113 seats and joined the MNSD-Nassara in government.
In 2009 the party broke away from the government in opposition to the planned changes in the constitution being forced through by President Tandja. They also boycotted the 2009 general election.
The CDS-Rahama candidate for the 2011 Presidential election is Mahamane Ousmane.