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28 July 2017 14:47 (South Africa)

Niger opposition calls for poll boycott

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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