Niger's new military leader, Salou Djibo (pictured), told state radio on Sunday that no member of the junta that seized power in a Feb. 18 coup will run in the future presidential elections that coup leaders have promised to hold.
AFP - Niger's new military leader pledged on Sunday that no member of the junta that seized power in a coup this month will stand in the presidential elections it has promised to hold.
"To ensure a serene and impartial transition, we pledge that no member of the Supreme Council or of the transition government will be a candidate in the coming presidential elections," junta leader Salou Djibo said on state radio.
A junta calling itself the Supreme Council for Restoration of Democracy seized power in Niger on February 18, ousting President Mamadou Tandja who had changed the constitution to stay in office past the end of two terms.
It has suspended the constitution of the uranium-rich west African state, dissolved the cabinet and promised to organise elections at the end of a transition period, whose length has yet to be decided.
Niger's newly-appointed civilian prime minister Mahamadou Danda urged his military bosses this week to ensure a swift return to democratic rule, a call echoed by the international community.
"The days of autocratic regimes in this country are over," Djibo said on Sunday, insisting "our only goal is to accompany the return to democracy in our dear homeland".
"The Council commits itself to restoring the constitutional order that will be proposed by the consultative council," set up to advise the transition authorities on Niger's political future, he said.
Date created : 2010-03-01