Hamani Diori


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Diori, Hamani

 

Born June 16, 1916, in Soudouré, Niger. Statesman of Niger.

Diori by training and profession is a teacher. He was one of the founders of the Niger Progressive Party in 1946. From 1946 to 1951 and from 1956 to 1959 he was a deputy to the French National Assembly from Niger, and from 1957 to 1959 he was its vice-chairman. In 1951 he became secretary general of the Niger Progressive Party. In December 1958 he headed the government of autonomous Niger; from 1960 to 1974 he was president and head of the government of independent Niger.

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Twenty-five or so years before Lissouba's overthrow, a similar thing had happened in Niger in 1974, when the government of President Hamani Diori was ousted in comparable circumstances because Diori, a staunch pro-West leader, asked for a better deal for Niger's uranium ore resources, which were being mined by a French multinational company.
For its first 14 years as an independent state, Niger was run by a single-party civilian regime under the presidency of Hamani Diori.
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