Niger's junta reaffirms ineligibility of military officers in election

11:32, March 14, 2010      

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Nigerien President of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy Salou Djibo has signed two laws, reaffirming the ineligibility of military officers to stand in future presidential elections.

According to the laws, personnel of the defense and security forces, the prime minister and ministers in the transition government are ineligible to contest during the elections which will be organized after the transition period, Niger's News Agency (ANP) reported on Thursday.

The order also covers the national police, the customs and the water and forest guards.

"This ineligibility of the defense and security forces is applicable particularly to the president and other members of CSRD. No exemption to this ineligibility will be accepted whether through one taking leave or resigning and the present order will not be amended during the transition period," the statement said.

The order calls for neutrality of transition government members, provincial governors, mayors and traditional chiefs.

"All their partisan activities are prohibited," the order said, warning that "in case of failure to apply the above mentioned regulations, the current laws should be enforced."

Djibo assumed the functions of the head of state and government since the Feb. 18 coup d'etat, which overthrew president Mamadou Tandja.

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