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After Citizen Uprising in Burkina Faso and Burundi, Are Niger and Togo Next?

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Niger, Togo, Breaking News, Development, Elections, Freedom of Speech, Governance, International Relations, Media & Journalism, Migration & Immigration, Protest, Youth
Protests in Niamey, Niger via Abdoulaye Hamidou on twitter (with his permission) [1]

Protests in Niamey, Niger via Abdoulaye Hamidou on twitter (with his permission)

20,000 Nigeriens took to the streets in Niamey [2], Niger on June, 6. There are multiple causes for the protests: endemic poverty, mediocre governance and restricted free speech are among the main grievances from Nigerien civil society.   These protests come on the hill of similar uprisings in Burkina Faso, Burundi and Togo. The government resigned in Burkina Faso while elections are postponed in Burundi. In May, citizens in Lome protested presidential election results [3] that saw Togolese president Faure Gnassingbe won a third term.