Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara

Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara
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5th President of Niger
In office
January 27, 1996 – April 9, 1999
Prime Minister Boukary Adji
Amadou Cissé
Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki
Preceded by Mahamane Ousmane
Succeeded by Daouda Malam Wanké
Personal details
Born (1949-05-09)May 9, 1949
Dogondoutchi, Niger, French West Africa
Died April 9, 1999(1999-04-09) (aged 49)
Niamey, Niger
Political party UNIRDRDP–Jama'a
Military service
Service/branch Nigerien Army
Years of service 1970–1996
Rank Colonel

Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara (May 9, 1949 – April 9, 1999) was a military officer in Niger who seized power in a January 1996 coup d'état and ruled the country until his assassination during the military coup of April 1999.

Maïnassara, a member of Niger's Hausa ethnic majority, was born in Dogondutchi in 1949, and pursued a military career. Maïnassara was named Army Chief of Staff in March 1995, under a constitution which had moved Niger from military rule in 1991. [1]

Political conflict

Parliamentary elections in January 1995 resulted in cohabitation between President Mahamane Ousmane and a parliament controlled by his opponents, led by Prime Minister Hama Amadou. [2] Rivalry between Ousmane and Amadou effectively paralyzed the government, and Maïnassara seized power on January 27, 1996, [2] pointing to the difficult political situation as justification. [2] [3]

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