|[Published: Friday July 03 2009]
Ban-Ki-Moon deeply concerned about the constitutional crisis in Niger
New York, July 02 – (ANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has
expressed deep concern about Niger’s continuing political and
constitutional crisis, warning that it threatens to destabilise the
country and undermine recent progress towards democratic governance and
the rule of law.
Media reports from the African country say that President Mamadou
Tandja has dissolved the country’s Parliament and its Constitutional
Court in a row over his plans to hold a referendum – scheduled for next
month – to change Niger’s constitution so that he can run for a third
term in office.
The recent decisions taken by the Niger Government “have made it
extremely difficult for the country’s democratic institutions and the
Constitutional Court to play their roles as guarantors of the rule of
law”, said Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson urging
restraint on both sides and political dialogue to resolve the crisis.
The UN Secretary General also offered his good offices to work with
regional partners – especially the African Union (AU) and the Economic
Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – to find a solution. (ANA)