Defend Truth

Niger opposition calls for poll boycott

Niger’s umbrella political opposition group has renewed a call to boycott this month's parliamentary election, because it says President Mamadou Tandja intends to rig it and ensure his allies fill the national assembly. The prez has already been rapped over the knuckles for changing the country’s constitution to extend his term of office and rule by fiat. Tandja wants the electorate to give his government the power to pursue large-scale uranium mining projects, the country’s economic mainstay. But the voters reckon this is undercutting democracy, despite mining and energy investors spending billions of dollars. Like all good dictators, the president dissolved the national assembly in May, which was the only institution able to stop him from changing the constitution.

Gallery

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

A South African Hero: You

There’s a 99.7% chance that this isn’t for you. Only 0.3% of our readers have responded to this call for action.

Those 0.3% of our readers are our hidden heroes, who are fuelling our work and impacting the lives of every South African in doing so. They’re the people who contribute to keep Daily Maverick free for all, including you.

The equation is quite simple: the more members we have, the more reporting and investigations we can do, and the greater the impact on the country.

Be part of that 0.3%. Be a Maverick. Be a Maverick Insider.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

MavericKids vol 3

How can a child learn to read if they don't have a book?

81% of South African children aged 10 can't read for meaning. You can help by pre-ordering a copy of MavericKids.

For every copy sold we will donate a copy to Gift of The Givers for children in need of reading support.