Daouda Malam Wanké

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Daouda Malam Wanké
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President of Niger
In office
April 11, 1999 – December 22, 1999
Prime Minister Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki
Preceded by Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara
Succeeded by Mamadou Tandja
Personal details
Born May 6, 1946
near Niamey, Niger, French West Africa
Died September 15, 2004
Niamey, Niger
Political party Military rule

Daouda Malam Wanké (May 6, 1946 – September 15, 2004) was a military and political leader in Niger. He was a member of Hausa ethnic group.

Wanké's year of birth is disputed. Many sources claim it is 1954[1] while others 1946.[2]


He was born in Yellou, a town near Niger's capital, Niamey. He entered the Niger military, rising to the rank of Major. On April 9, 1999, he led a military coup in which President Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, who himself had come to power in a military coup, was assassinated.,[3][4] For two days there was much political uncertainty in Niger, as the Prime Minister, Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki and several others also had claims on the Presidency. On April 11, 1999, Wanké became President, heading a transitional government that promised to hold elections later that year.[5]

Wanké's government fulfilled its promise, and turned over power to the newly elected president, Tandja Mamadou in December 1999. Wanké consequently suffered from various health problems, including cardiovascular troubles and high blood pressure. During the last months of his life, he traveled to Libya, Morocco and Switzerland for medical treatment. He finally died in Niamey. He is survived by a wife and three children.


Preceded by
Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara
President of Niger
Succeeded by
Tandja Mamadou