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.
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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