Niger declares three days mourning as ex-president Tandja dies at 82

Former Niger President Mamadou Tandja overthrown in a coup d’etat for attempting to extend his rule beyond two-term has died at age of 82, the government said Tuesday.

The deceased was elected to lead Niger twice from 1999 to 2010.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">In a statement read out on public television, President Muhammadu Issoufou's office said the 82-year-old’s death would be marked by “three days of mourning throughout the national territory”.In a statement read out on public television, President Muhammadu Issoufou’s office said the 82-year-old’s death would be marked by “three days of mourning throughout the national territory”.

Tandja’s death came just over a month before Niger holds a presidential election.