April 8, 2011 / 7:13 AM / 9 years ago

Niger's new leader names Brigi Rafini prime minister

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger’s new president, Mahamadou Issoufou, has appointed civil administrator and former minister Brigi Rafini as prime minister, the government said on Thursday.

Issoufou was sworn in on Thursday, ending a period of military rule in the uranium-rich West African state after the army deposed former leader Mamadou Tandja in a coup last year.

Rafini, who hails from the northern Touareg community, is a member of Issoufou’s party.

The desert nation has drawn billions of dollars of investments in the uranium sector, mainly from French nuclear giant Areva, but remains one of the world’s poorest countries.

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