Nigerien Factions In Brokered Peace Talks

Dec. 24, 2009, midnight

Representatives of Niger's government and opposition resumed negotiations on Thursday over the country's political future. Proxies for incumbent President Mamadou TANDJA walked out of talks earlier this week after the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) denounced his presidency. The ECOWAS suspended Niger in October after TANDJA went ahead with legislative elections under a constitution approved in a controversial August referendum. That constitution repealed a two-term limit for Presidents, allowing TANDJA to serve into the present. TANDJA pressed ahead with the referendum last summer in spite of resistance from the High Court and legislature, which he had dismissed earlier in 2009.

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