The first president of Niger
was Hamani Diori. Diori held the office of president from 1960 until 1974, at which time he
was overthrown in a military coup. The leader of this coup, Seyni Kountche claimed the
presidency & remained in
power until his death in 1987. In 1989 the country began to restore
democracy. In 1992 a new constitution was
approved. In 1996 violence erupted & the political
climate of Niger remains unstable.
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