Mahamadou Issoufou awarded the 2020 Ibrahim Prize for main his individuals on a ‘path of progress’.
Mahamadou Issoufou, who’s stepping down as president of coup-prone Niger after two phrases in workplace, has received Africa’s high prize for management.
Issoufou was awarded the 2020 Ibrahim Prize on Monday for dealing with “seemingly insurmountable challenges”, starting from deep poverty to armed insurrection and desertification.
Regardless of these enduring issues, “Issoufou has led his individuals on a path of progress”, stated an announcement by the Mo Ibrahim Basis’s award committee chairman Festus Mogae, who can also be a former president of Botswana.
“At present, the variety of Nigeriens dwelling under the poverty line has fallen to 40 p.c, from 48 p.c a decade in the past,” the assertion stated.
“Whereas challenges stay, Issoufou has saved his guarantees to the Nigerien individuals and paved the way in which for a greater future.”
The primary democratic transition
Issoufou, 68, is stepping down subsequent month after 10 years in workplace.
His determination to give up after two phrases has enabled Niger to have the primary democratic transition between elected leaders because it grew to become unbiased from France greater than 60 years in the past.
The handover has been contrasted with that of different international locations in West Africa, the place presidents have overseen constitutional modifications enabling them to increase their time in workplace – usually at the price of violent protests.
Issoufou’s most popular successor and right-hand man, Mohamed Bazoum, received final month’s runoff, though the outcomes have been contested by the opposition and subsequent violence within the capital Niamey killed two individuals.
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Management relies on ideas of sound authorities, respect for time period limits and democratic elections.
It has been awarded since 2007 by the inspiration arrange by British-Sudanese telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim.
Issoufou is the sixth recipient of the award. The prize has not been awarded in some years due to a scarcity of an appropriate winner.
Previous winners embrace former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and South African apartheid fighter and former President Nelson Mandela, each of whom have been additionally Nobel Peace laureates.
Winners obtain $5m over 10 years.
Niger is the world’s poorest nation, in line with the UN’s benchmark of human improvement, and is combating hovering inhabitants progress.
It’s also preventing two armed rebellions which have pressured a whole lot of hundreds to flee their houses.