Key Figures

Chief of State:
President Mahamadou Issoufou
Head of Government:
Prime Minister Brigi Rafini

Overview

Government Name:
Republic of Niger
Constitution:
Adopted: 2010; Enacted as law by referendum following the coup d'etat of the previous President Mamdou Tandja which was organized by a junta called "Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy". The constitution aims to create sustainable democratic institutions.
Government Type:
Republic
Republic of Niger Flag
Coat of Arms of Republic of Niger

Index of Economic Freedom

Grades each country on a scale of 0 to 100, based on ten freedoms, with 100 representing the greatest amount of economic autonomy from government intervention. Source: Heritage Foundation (2018)

Country Risk Rating

C
A very uncertain political and economic outlook and a business environment with many troublesome weaknesses can have a significant impact on corporate payment behavior. Corporate default probability is high. Source: Coface (2018)

Government Branches

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle 1
Executive

President and Prime Minister share executive power.

President elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system and prime minister appointed by president.

4 years

Judicial

Constitutional Court has jurisdiction over constitutional and electoral matters. The High Court of Justice deals with cases involving senior government officials.

Constitutional Court is nominated by the president, national assembly, peer judges, peer lawyers, and from within Nigerien society. High Court of Justice selected from among the legislature and judiciary.

Constitutional Court: 6 years; High Court of Justice: 5 years

Legislative

Has oversight of the executive in voting on legislation, overriding a presidential veto, voting no confidence in the prime minister, and the reserved right of nominating the prime minister.

105 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system and 8 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies.

5 years

Regional Trade Blocs

International Organization Participation [2]

Environmental Agreements [3]

Tax Information [2]

Tax Authority:
Information not available
Tax Name:
Information not available

Sources:

  1. ElectionGuide http://www.electionguide.org/
  2. EY, http://www.ey.com
  3. CIA World Factbook, https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
  4. U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/