People on the Niger River, Niger. Editorial credit: Catay /


The current government in Niger was democratically elected in 2011 and reelected in 2016 in a polling process plagued by serious irregularities. The struggle to meet security challenges posed by active militant groups has served as an alibi for the government to restrict civil liberties. Security, transparency, and gender equality are limited.

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Freedom in the World — Niger Country Report

Niger is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.