Union of Democratic and Progressive Patriots
The Union of Democratic and Progressive Patriots (commonly UPDP-Chamoua, (French)) is a centrist Nigerien political party, founded and led by André Salifou. The UPDP has only three times won a handful in the National Assembly of Niger since it formed prior to the 1993 elections. One three occasions these seats were held Professor Salifou, who is also chairman of the party. Professor Salifou has also contested several elections for President of Niger under the banner of the UPDP-Chamoua.
The party was formed with many others on 15 November 1990, when political parties were legalized in the transition to the Third Republic. André Salifou, its founder, had been provisional head of state during the transition to democratic rule in 1991, and was consequently barred from standing in the first Presidential elections of the Third Republic.
In the 14 February 1993 National Assembly Election, the party won two seats, standing outside of coalitions. In the February/March 1993 Presidential Election, Illa Kané won 32,951 (2.55%) for the party in the first round. The Party stood in opposition to the ARC coalition which governed from 1993 to 1995.
Standing in the first elections of the Fifth Republic, the Salifou won 39,641 votes (2.08%) in the first round of the October/November 1999 Presidential Election. As of the 2004 legislative elections, the party has not retained a parliamentary seat since the 1996 election. Following the election of Tandja Mamadou of the MNSD-Nassara as president, André Salifou has retained a number of appointed government posts.
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