By:Babagana Bukar Wakil, Maiduguri
Former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja died at the age of 82, the authority in Niamey announced this on Tuesday, though they did not specify the cause of the death.
However, late Tandja had been weakened by illness for several years and had been taken for medical treatment to France, Germany and Morocco.
Lieutenant Colonel (rtd.) Mamadou Tandja was born in 1938.
Dandal Kura Radio gathered that Mamadou Tandja was the President of Niger Republic from 1999 to 2010.
Also, serving as President of Niger, he was also Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States from 2005 to 2007.
He was President of the National Movement of the Development Society MNSD from 1991 to 1999 and unsuccessfully ran as the MNSD’s presidential candidate in 1993 and 1996 before being elected to his first term in 1999.
Tandja, who was elected to lead Niger twice from 1999 to 2010, was eventually overthrown in a coup d’état after trying to change the constitution to extend his stay in power.
Niger’s government announced three days of national mourning for the former leader of the West African nation.
Tandja’s death came a month before Niger holds a presidential election