"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


six of one

The latest from Niger:
The junta which overthrew Niger's president and seized power last week has appointed a civilian to be prime minister until new elections are held.

It chose Mahamadou Danda, who served as communications minister in a previous administration, which itself took power in a coup in 1999.

The ousted President, Mamadou Tandja, is still being held by the military along with some of his ministers.

No date for the new polls has yet been announced by the coup leaders.
Meanwhile, in that other country that most definitely isn't Niger despite what the international oil market might think:
Umaru Yar'Adua, Nigeria's stricken president whose three-month absence has plunged Africa's biggest energy producer into uncertainty, was flying home last night, according to a close ally.

Mr Yar'Adua has been heard from only once since he was evacuated to Saudi Arabia in November after developing a heart complaint.

His absence has visited on Nigeria the sternest test of a democratic era that began when soldiers handed power back to civilians in 1999.

Mr Yar'Adua's failure to hand over interim powers to his deputy has been blamed on an inner circle that had resisted relinquishing control even temporarily - resistance critics say is due to a political system based on a network on patronage.

The close ally said Mr Yar'Adua was flying back from Saudi Arabia and would arrive back in Nigeria during the night.
I have a feeling the market should be more concerned about the latter than the former.


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