Niger remains wary of Mali crisis on its doorstep
Niger assisted its neighbour during uprising but has worked hard to shield itself from recent north and west African turmoil
Niger, like Mali, was recently the scene of a military putsch but democracy was soon restored. The Nigerien military handed power back to civilians in 2011, just as they had promised a year earlier when they ousted President Mamadou Tandja, accused of hanging on to power.
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