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Thursday, December 24, 2009

AFP Reports - US to Suspend Aid to Niger

AFP - 23/12/09. Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The United States will suspend their aid to Niger to protest against the continuation in office of President Mamadou Tandja, told AFP on Wednesday a U.S. official on condition of anonymity.

"Since we do not see enough progress on site, we will ban travel to the United States of people who support Tandja and we will suspend our assistance in Niger," said this source within the State Department.

"We believe that (Mr. Tandja) must relinquish power peacefully and allow transparent elections," said the diplomat. " We have made our position clear for months."

U.S. aid to Niger was approximately $ 27 million in 2009. The second five-year successive term for Tandja is to expire December 22 but was extended by the adoption of a controversial new constitution in August, sparking protests from the Economic Community of African States (ECOWAS) , a mediator in negotiations with the opposition.

The European Union had suspended aid to development in November.

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