18 February 2010

URGENT: COUP IN NIGER

About an hour ago I got the first word that there has been a coup in Niger's capital, Niamey.  President Mamadou Tandja changed the constitution about a year ago in order to grant himself a third term as president.  This of course was not well received internationally.  And today, there was a coup.  Reports are coming through that gunfire is being contained to the presidential palace . . . but a coup's a coup, and gunfire is gunfire.

SIMNiger has headquarters in Niamey, along with a boarding school for the MK's.  Word is that everyone in the SIMNiger organization has been contacted and accounted for.  

At this time, you now know as much as I do.

To find out more:
Reuters: http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE61H0I020100218
BBCNews: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8522227.stm

SIMUSA: http://www.sim.org/index.php/content/coup-attempt-in-niger
The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/niger/7264248/Coup-attempt-launched-in-Niger.html
Niger Wire: http://www.topix.com/wire/world/niger

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