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Niger junta apppoints civilian prime minister

Niger’s military junta has named civilian Mahamadou Danda as the new prime minister, days after it toppled the government of President Mamadou Tandja.

A military order issued on Tuesday said Danda will help oversee the political transition.

The decree was signed by the junta chief, Major Salou Djibo, who took over as the interim president on Monday.

Danda had served as communications minister during a transitional government that followed Niger’s last coup in 1999.

The junta is expected to name a cabinet to work with the prime minister in the next few days.

They have promised to bring democracy back to the country with a new constitution and new elections, although they have not yet announced a timetable for the process.

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