Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy

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The Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (French: Conseil suprême pour la Restauration de la Démocratie, or CSRD), led by Salou Djibo,[1][2][3] is a military junta that staged a coup in Niger on 18 February 2010, deposing President Mamadou Tandja. The CSRD has stated that its objective is to make Niger an example of "democracy and good governance."[4]

During the two days following the coup, thousands of people demonstrated in the streets to support the military government and its stated intention of installing democracy.[5]



The CSRD suspended Niger's constitution and dissolved all state institutions. It placed President Mamadou Tandja in captivity at a military barracks on 18 February 2010.[4] On 2 March 2010, the CSRD announced the interim government of Niger—which included three generals with ties to Tandja—and reiterated their promise to return to democracy.[7] They have also announced that CSRD members and politicians from the interim government will not stand in elections.

Referendum and elections in 2010--2011[edit]

In late 2010 the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy organized a referendum. In early 2011 parliamentary elections and a presidential election were held in Niger. Former opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou was elected as president.