Mahamadou Issoufou Biography
Mahamadou Issoufou is a Nigerien politician who served as the President of Niger from 7 April 2011 to 2 April 2021. Issoufou was the prime minister of Niger from 1993 to 1994, president of the National Assembly from 1995 to 1996, and was a candidate in each presidential election from 1993 to 2016.
Issoufou led the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS-Tarayya), a social democratic party, from its foundation in 1990 until he was elected president in 2011. During the Presidency of Mamadou Tandja (1999–2010), Issoufou was the main opposition leader.
Having left power by respecting the constitution limiting him to two presidential terms thus leading to the first-ever democratic transition of power in the country, in March 2021 he received the Ibrahim Prize awarded for good governance, democratic election, and respect of term limits.
Mahamadou Issoufou Age
Mahamadou Issoufou was born on 1 January 1952, in Illela, Niger. He is 70 years old.
Mahamadou Issoufou Height
He has managed to keep his height details hidden, however, a review is ongoing and this section will be updated as soon as possible.
Mahamadou Issoufou Family
Mahamadou was born and raised by loving parents in Illela, Niger. However, information regarding his family members is under review and will be updated as soon as possible.
Mahamadou Issoufou Wife
He is married to his pretty wife Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou, a chemist. The couple is blessed with one child Sani Mahamadou Issoufou.
Mahamadou Issoufou Salary
Mahamadou receives an annual salary of $10,000.
Mahamadou Issoufou Net Worth
Issoufou has an estimated net worth of $5 Million.
Mahamadou Issoufou Career
Mahamadou won the January–March 2011 presidential election in a second round of voting against MNSD candidate Seyni Oumarou and was inaugurated as President on 7 April 2011, succeeding Salou Djibo, the Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy. He named Brigi Rafini as Prime Minister.
In July 2011, a planned assassination of Issoufou was allegedly uncovered. A major, lieutenant, and three other soldiers in Niger’s military were arrested.
On 7 November 2015, the PNDS designated Issoufou as its candidate for the 2016 presidential election. In February 2016, He won 48% of the votes in the first round of the elections.
As no candidate obtained a majority a second round was needed. A coalition of opposition parties boycotted the second round, saying that Issoufou had become increasingly authoritarian. Issoufou subsequently won with 92.5% of the votes. He has been described by The Economist as “a staunch ally of the West”.
In 2020, He announced that he wouldn’t run for a third term in the 2020–21 Nigerien general election. On 31 March 2021, two days before Issoufou’s term was to expire, his government thwarted a coup attempt by dissident military officers believed to have been plotting to prevent the inauguration of his successor, Mohamed Bazoum.