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Niger declares three days mourning as ex-president Tandja dies at 82

Niger declares three days mourning as ex-president Tandja dies at 82

Former Niger President Mamadou Tandja overthrown in a coup d’etat for attempting to extend his rule beyond two-term has died at age of 82, the government said Tuesday.

The deceased was elected to lead Niger twice from 1999 to 2010.

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In a statement read out on public television, President Mahamadou Issoufou’s office said the 82-year-old’s death would be marked by “three days of mourning throughout the national territory”.

Tandja’s death came just over a month before Niger holds a presidential election.

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