An order broadcast aloud on national television on Thursday purported to confirm that the Nigerian military officers who took control in a coup last month have established a new administration.The 21-member government will be led by Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, while the defense and interior ministries will be run by generals from the new military ruling council.

    Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine

    Ali Mahamane Lamine Zeine is a Nigerien politician and economist who was born in Zinder in 1965. From November 2002 to February 2010, he served as the economy and finance minister of Niger.[1] He has served as the military junta’s prime minister in Niger since August 8, 2023.[2][3] He was also named finance minister by the military administration on August 10.

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    Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine. (Niger Coup Leader)

    Born in 1965, Ali Lamine Zeine received his degree from the Centre for Financial, Economic and Banking Studies in Marseille and Paris-I. He has served as an African Development Bank resident representative in Gabon, Ivory Coast, and Chad.[5]On October 24, 2003, Zeine was appointed to the cabinet as the Minister of the Economy and Finance after serving as the Director of President Mamadou Tandja’s Cabinet[6].[7]After newspaper editor Boussada Ben Ali claimed that Zeine had stolen money from an oil contract between Niger and the People’s Republic of China, Ben Ali was detained on January 23, 2009, and on February 6, 2009, he was found guilty of spreading false information and given a three-month prison sentence.

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    On February 18, 2010, a military coup led to Tandja’s ouster and the dissolution of his government. Zeine was one of just three ministers who were not immediately released from house arrest in the days following the coup, and she was one of Tandja’s closest allies.[9] Colonel Djibrilla Hamidou Hima, one of the junta commanders, claimed that it was necessary to “ensure their security” since the ministers who were “still under surveillance” handled “very sensitive portfolios.” Zeine, Tandja, and the others were demanded to be released by the MNSD.

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