Niger is experiencing its first democratic switch of energy with the swearing-in of Mohamed Bazoum as president.
It comes simply days after the federal government mentioned it thwarted a coup try by elements of the navy.
The West African nation has confronted growing assaults from jihadist teams and political tensions within the nation because the February elections.
The inauguration marks the primary time that an elected chief has handed over energy to a different since independence in 1960.
There was elevated safety within the capital, Niamey, forward of the ceremony, two days after troopers opened fireplace on the presidential palace in a coup attempt foiled.
The federal government mentioned safety forces arrested a number of folks linked to the coup on Wednesday.
Niger is the poorest nation on this planet, in accordance with the UN growth rating for 189 nations. It has skilled 4 navy coups, most just lately in 2010.
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Mr Bazoum, 60, a former inside minister, received greater than half of the votes in an election in February. He succeeds Mahamadou Issoufou, who resigned after a decade in energy.
However Mr Bazoum’s fundamental rival, Mahamane Ousmane, rejected the election end result and claimed there had been fraud. His supporters staged mass rallies and violence has escalated because the elections.
One among President Bazoum’s fundamental priorities will likely be to battle a lethal Islamist insurgency within the west of the nation.
Niger has seen an upsurge in suspected jihadist violence, with round 300 lifeless this 12 months in assaults.
Niger skilled the worst militant assault in its historical past final month, when suspected jihadists attacked several villages, killing 137 people.