Social Democratic Rally
The Social Democratic Rally (commonly: RSD-Gaskiya, French: Rassemblement social démocratique-Gaskiya) is a political party in Niger. Its president is Amadou Cheiffou and its first secretary-general is Mahamadou Ali Tchémogo.
Founding and 2004 elections
The RSD-Gaskiya was founded by Amadou Cheiffou in January 2004 as a split from the Democratic and Social Convention (CDS), and it fared well in the July 2004 municipal elections. In the November 16, 2004 presidential election, Cheiffou, standing as the RSD candidate, won 6.35% of the vote and placed fourth. The party backed incumbent President Tandja Mamadou in the second round of the election. In the parliamentary election held together with the presidential election's second round on December 4, 2004, the RSD-Gaskiya won 7.1% of the popular vote and seven out of 113 seats in the National Assembly.
In May 2009, it became one of a handful of parties allied to the MNSD to support President Tanja's call for a referendum to create a new constitution which would remove term limits on the President of Niger.
- Déclaration du bureau politique national du RSD-Gaskiya: Le parti soutient le Président de la République pour soumettre au peuple une nouvelle constitution. Aïcha Abdoulaye Alfary, Le Sahel. 25 May 2009.
- "Cassure au sein du parti de Mahamane Ousmane, Amadou Cheiffou crée son propre parti", Afrique Express, N° 286, January 20, 2004 (French).
- Cherif Ouazani, "Six candidats pour un fauteuil", Jeuneafrique.com, November 7, 2004 (French).
- Saïdou Djibril, "Niger : six candidats dans la course à la présidentielle", Afriqu'Echoes, November 6, 2004 (French).
- "Présidentielle au Niger: un quatrième parti, le RDP, soutient la candidature de Mamadou Tandja au second tour", Xinhua, November 23, 2004 (French).
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