Rally against president gains momentum


Reuters and a number of other international media channels report that a mass rally took place yesterday against President Mahamadou Issoufou and his government.

The rally, which took place in the capital Niamey, was attended by an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people and was organised by a coalition of 15 opposition parties coming under the banner Alliance for the Republic, Democracy and Reconciliation in Niger (ARDR). The rally was the first show of force by the opposition since the presidential election of 2011 and the protesters were seeking an end to corruption, media censorship (none of the local media covered the rally) and declining food security.

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