Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou

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Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou
Mahamadou in 2022
Prime Minister of Niger
In office
3 April 2021 – 26 July 2023
PresidentMohamed Bazoum
Preceded byBrigi Rafini
Succeeded byAli Lamine Zeine
Minister of Mines, Energy and Industry
In office
Minister of Finance
In office
April 2011 – 2012
PresidentMahamadou Issoufou
Prime MinisterBrigi Rafini
Personal details
Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou

1954 (age 68–69)
French Niger
Political partyNigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism

Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou (born 1954)[1] is a Nigerien politician of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS-Tarayya) who served as Prime Minister of Niger between 3 April 2021 and 26 July 2023, until he was deposed in the wake of the 2023 Nigerien coup d'état.[2]

Mahamadou served in the government of Niger as Minister of Mines, Energy, and Industry from 1991 to 1993 and as Minister of Finance from April 2011 to April 2012.[3] He has been Director of the Cabinet of the President since 2015.


In the transitional government of Prime Minister Ahmadou Cheiffou, appointed on 7 November 1991, Mahamadou was included as Minister of Mines, Energy, Industry, and Crafts.[4] He was retained in his post in a cabinet reshuffle on 31 January 1993.[5] Multiparty elections were held in February 1993, bringing the transition to an end; Mahamadou was not included in the government that was appointed on 23 April 1993.[6] He served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) under the leadership of Executive Secretary Édouard Benjamin from 1993 until 1998[7] and then worked as Lutheran World Relief's Regional Representative for West Africa.[8]

After PNDS President Mahamadou Issoufou won the January–March 2011 presidential election and took office as President of Niger, Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou was appointed to the government as Minister of Finance on 21 April 2011.[9][10]

Mahamadou served as Minister of Finance for a little less than a year; he was dismissed from the government on 2 April 2012.[11] Later in the same month, he was appointed as Director-General of Banque Internationale pour l’Afrique au Niger (BIA-Niger), a major bank.[12]

Mahamadou was appointed as Director of the Cabinet of the President on 4 June 2015.[13] After Issoufou was sworn in for a second term, he retained Mahamadou in his post as Director of the Cabinet of the President on 11 April 2016.[14][15]

Prime Minister[edit]

Mahamadou became Prime Minister on 3 April 2021.[16]

Mahamadou was in Europe at the time of the 2023 Nigerien coup d'état, in which President Mohamed Bazoum was deposed by the military.[17] Since then, he has stayed in Europe[18] and has continued to support Bazoum, currently detained in the presidential palace in Niamey, as president. He also welcomed the imposition of sanctions by ECOWAS on the military junta as “very satisfactory and logical”, while insisting that anti-French demonstrations in Niamey did not represent the Nigerien people as a whole.[19][20]


  1. ^ https://rulers.org/indexm1.html
  2. ^ "Niger's ousted prime minister hopes talks can end military coup". Reuters. Niamey. 5 August 2023. Retrieved 5 August 2023.
  3. ^ "Photos des ministres - Ministère des Finances du NIGER". www.finances.gouv.ne.
  4. ^ Africa Research Bulletin: Political Series, volumes 28–29 (1991), page 10,336.
  5. ^ Marchés tropicaux et méditerranéens, issues 2,460–2,485 (1993), page 356 (in French).
  6. ^ Bulletin de l'Afrique noire, issues 1,615–1,659 (1993), page 202 (in French).
  7. ^ The Weekly Review (1996), page 25.
  8. ^ "Q&A with Mahamadou Ouhoumoudou" Archived 19 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Lutheran World Relief, 19 February 2009.
  9. ^ "Niger unveils new government", Agence France-Presse, 21 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Le Chef de l'Etat signe un décret portant composition des membres du premier gouvernement de la 7ème République" Archived 2011-10-07 at the Wayback Machine, Le Sahel, 23 April 2011 (in French).
  11. ^ Aboubacar Yacouba Barma, "Les raisons d’un si léger remaniement" Archived 24 June 2013 at archive.today, ActuNiger, 2 April 2012 (in French).
  12. ^ Aboubacar Yacouba Barma, "Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou recyclé à la tête de la BIA"[permanent dead link], ActuNiger, 30 April 2012 (in French).[dead link]
  13. ^ Aboubacar Yacouba Barma, "Remaniement technique du gouvernement : Jeu de chaises musicales au PNDS", ActuNiger, 4 June 2015 (in French).
  14. ^ "Composition du gouvernement de la République du Niger : La Renaissance « acte 2 » en marche", ActuNiger, 11 April 2016 (in French).
  15. ^ Boureima Balima (April 4, 2021), Niger's President Bazoum appoints former minister Mahamadou as PM Reuters.
  16. ^ "Niger : M. Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou nommé Premier Ministre, Chef du Gouvernement". 2021. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  17. ^ "Niger coup: Wagner taking advantage of instability - Antony Blinken". BBC. 8 August 2023. Retrieved 8 August 2023.
  18. ^ "France supports ECOWAS intervention in Niger, foreign minister says". France 24. 5 August 2023.
  19. ^ "Niger's deposed president 'doing well' despite coup: Premier". Yeni Safak. 31 July 2023. Retrieved 31 July 2023.
  20. ^ AfricaNews (2 August 2023). "Niger's PM asks for international support to restore democracy". Africanews. Retrieved 3 October 2023.

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Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Niger
Succeeded by