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Niger: Economic Situation and Politics and Government

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL14449, tabled on 22 March 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political and economic situation in Niger.

Answered on

7 April 2021

The UK welcomes the first democratic transition of power in Niger's history with the upcoming inauguration of President-Elect Mohamed Bazoum on Friday 2 April. We hope this achievement will help pave the way for greater political stability in the future. However, the UK remains concerned about human rights abuses and violations in Niger. The recent attacks in Niger's border areas are also deeply troubling.

Regarding the economic situation in Niger, the country remains at the bottom of the Human Development Index. We are focused on supporting stability in Niger and the wider Sahel. We are providing humanitarian assistance, support for conflict resolution, and tackling the root causes of instability and poverty, including through support to girls' education.