- Daouda Malam Wanké
Daouda Malam Wanké President of Niger In office
April 11, 1999 – December 22, 1999
Prime Minister Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki Preceded by Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara Succeeded by Tandja Mamadou Personal details Born disputed, 1946 or 1954
near Niamey, Niger, French West Africa
Died September 15, 2004
Political party Military rule
He was born in Yellou, a town near Niger's capital, Niamey. He entered the Niger military, rising to the rank of Major. On April 9, 1999, he led a military coup in which President Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, who himself had come to power in a military coup, was assassinated. For two days there was much political uncertainty in Niger, as the Prime Minister, Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki and several others also had claims on the Presidency. On April 11, 1999, Wanké became President, heading a transitional government which promised to hold elections later that year.
Wanké's government fulfilled its promise, and turned over power to the newly elected president, Tandja Mamadou in December 1999. Wanké consequently suffered from various health problems, including cardiovascular troubles and high blood pressure. During the last months of his life, he traveled to Libya, Morocco and Switzerland for medical treatment. He finally died in Niamey. He is survived by a wife and three children.
- ^ http://rulers.org/ruln2.html#niger
- ^ http://rulers.org/indexw1.html#wanke
- ^ Niger: The people of Niger have the right to truth and justice, 6 April 2000, Amnesty International. President Mainassara: A profile, BBC, April 9, 1999.
- ^ Niger: A copybook coup d'etat, April 9, 1999, BBC. Military controls Niger , April 10, 1999, BBC.
Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara
President of Niger
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