Salou Djibo

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Salou Djibo
Général de corps d'armée Salou Djibo.jpg
Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy of Niger
In office
19 February 2010 – 7 April 2011
Prime Minister Mahamadou Danda
Preceded by Mamadou Tandja (President)
Succeeded by Mahamadou Issoufou (President)
Personal details
Born (1965-04-15) 15 April 1965 (age 49)
Namaro, Niger
Political party Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy
Military service
Allegiance  Niger
Service/branch Niger army logo.jpg Nigerien Army
Rank Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General Salou Djibo (born 15 April 1965[1]) is a Nigerien military officer. Following the military coup of 18 February 2010, he became head of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy and thus de facto leader of Niger.[2][3][4]

Early and family life[edit]

Salou Djibo was born in 1965 in Namaro, a village and rural commune in Niger close to the River Niger.[5] He is of Zarma ancestry. Djibo is married and has five children.

Military career[edit]

In 1995, Djibo underwent military training in Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire before commencing officer training in 1996. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1997 and gained further promotions to lieutenant in 1998, captain in 2003 and chef d'escadron (major) in October 2006.[5] Djibo has also received training in Morocco and China.[6]

Amongst Djibo's several posts, he was an instructor at the Agadez military center, platoon commander,[5] commandant, 121 Compagnie de Commandement d'Appui et des Services, and commander of the garrison at Niger's capital Niamey.[6]

Djibo served in United Nations peacekeeping forces in Côte d'Ivoire (2004) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2006).[5]

Professed aims of February 2010 coup[edit]

His military government announced its intentions to make Niger "a model of democracy and good governance."[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mamadou Tandja
as President of Niger
Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy of Niger
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Mahamadou Issoufou
as President of Niger