Democracy Via Coup?
Nigerian President Mamadou Tandja has been captured by the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD) in a bloody, and violent coup. Leaders of the coup have released a statement that urges its citizens to remain calm while they try to “make Niger an example of democracy and good governance”. The coup had been foreseen by some when President Tandja rewrote the constitution in order to give himself another term. The group has stated that their main goal is to bring democracy back to a poverty-ridden nation that also happens to be extremely rich in uranium. How a coup is the first step in bringing back democracy is anyone’s guess.
Despite all the gunfire during a cabinet meeting presided over by President Tandja, all reports seem to point that the President has not been hurt and is probably being held at a military facility in the capital city of Niamey.