The Former President of Niger, Mamadou Tandja is dead.
Niger government confirmed his death in Niamey, on Tuesday but did not state the cause.
It declared “three days of mourning throughout the national territory” for the 82-year-old.
Tandja was forced out of power in February 2010 after plotting to remain in office despite a two-term limit.
Mamadou Tandja had been ill for several years and passed away as Niger prepares for the December 27 presidential election.