Niger’s Opposition MNSD Party Agrees to Join Unity Government

Niger’s opposition MNSD party, which ruled the West African nation between 1999 and 2010, has agreed to join the government of President Mahamadou Issoufou, a party official said.

The decision follows Issoufou’s call to the country’s opposition parties to form a national union government, general-secretary of the MNSD’s political bureau Tidjani Abdoul Kadri told reporters late on Saturday in Niamey, the capital. The MNSD is headed by former Prime Minister Seyni Oumarou, who came in third in this year’s presidential vote.

Issoufou, president since 2011, won 92.5 percent of the votes against Hama Amadou, another former prime minister, in a runoff in March. Niger is the world’s least developed nation, according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index, despite being the fourth-largest producer of uranium.