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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Here, Presidents Hamani Diori of Niger (ousted in 1974) and Pascal Lissouba of Congo Brazzaville (ousted in 1997) come to mind.
1974 - Military coup in Niger overthrows government of President Hamani Diori.
For its first 14 years as an independent state, Niger was run by a single-party civilian regime under the presidency of Hamani Diori. In 1974, a combination of devastating drought and accusations of rampant corruption resulted in a military coup that overthrew the Diori regime.
He was one of the officers who, in 1974, ousted President Hamani Diori following widespread food shortages in the country and what was perceived as the government's inability to deal with them.
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.
It is claimed that in 1974, the then Niger president, Hamani Diori, involuntarily signed up to his own dismissal when he manifested intentions to index the price for uranium at a time when the French company Cogema had for some decades conducted massive uranium extraction in his country.