Niger junta names interim leader

2010-02-23 08:28
Niamey - The leader of a junta that toppled Niger's President Mamadou Tandja last week is now the west African nation's transitional head of state and government, a military decree said on Monday.

A decree read out on state radio said the functions of the acting head of state and government will be performed during the transition period in Niger by the president of the Supreme Council for Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), Major Salou Djibo.

The CRSD, "the highest authority designing and directing national policy, is headed by a president who exercises the functions of the head of state and government," it said.

The new power structure is effective during the transition period, whose duration was not specified.

Niger's middle-ranking military officers stormed the presidential palace during a cabinet meeting on Thursday to capture Tandja and his ministers.

Shortly after they sacked the government and suspended the constitution that Tandja had pushed through to extend his grip on power beyond a 10-year-limit.

A task force will be created under Djibo's authority to draft a new constitution and electoral laws. The draft constitution will then be taken to a referendum before it is adopted, the order said.

A so-called "constitutional committee" and a court will be set up to replace the constitutional court and the Supreme Court, all dissolved after the February 18 coup.

The interim president shall have powers to appoint or sack by decree, a prime minister and cabinet members.

He would chair the cabinet meetings, sign orders and decrees appointing military and civilian positions.

- SAPA
Read more on:    niger coup  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

40% off top appliances!

Save 40% on the top 10 appliances on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save 20% on Camping gear!

Buy 4 camping items and save 20%. While stocks last. Shop now!

Fifty Shades of Grey!

This great read will captivate you from cover to cover and leave you itching for more. Get your copy now!

20% off braai items!

Save 20% when you buy 2 braai items. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Pampers!

Save 30% when you buy 3 or more selected pampers products. While stocks last. Shop now!

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong focus on sharing the optimistic energy with your loved one. You are in the mood to go large and impress your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.