Former Niger president Mamadou Tandja has died at age 82, the government says.
The deceased was elected to lead Niger twice from 1999 to 2010.
It could be recalled the former Niger President Mamadou Tandja was overthrown in a coup d’etat for attempting to extend his rule beyond two-term.
In a statement read out on public television, President Mahamadou Issoufou’s office said the 82-year-old’s death would be marked by “three days of mourning throughout the national territory”.
Tandja’s death came just over a month before Niger holds a presidential election.