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Salifou Fatimata Bazeye is a Nigerien jurist, former magistrate, head of the Supreme Court of Niger and from 2007 President of the Constitutional Court of Niger. Born in 1954 and raised in Zinder region, Bazaye received her legal training in France at the École nationale de la magistrature de Paris. She returned to Niger as a Magistrate, and came to political prominence in 2005 when, as a member of the Supreme Court, she refused a government motion to transfer Magistrates who were on strike.[1] Despite this, she was nominated for one of the seats on the constitutional court reserved for jurists in 2007, and accepted by the government. She was then elected President of the court by its members. In 2009, she led the court in tow unanimous decisions opposing President of Niger Mamadou Tandja's move to hold a referendum to retire the Constitution of Niger and remain in office while a new constitution is drafted.[2] The first (non binding) decision, presented on 26 May 2009, triggered the President's dismissal of the National Assembly[3][4] while a further binding decision was delivered on 12 June.[5]

Bazeye is married to a government official and a mother of several children.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Salifou Fatimata Bazeye. Jeune Afrique. Christophe Boisbouvier. 16 June 2009.
  2. ^ AVIS n° 02/CC du 25 mai 2009 de la Cour Constitutionnelle. Presented by PRESIDENT: Mme SALIFOU Fatimata BAZEYE and GREFFIER: Mme DAOUDA Fatima. 26 May 2009.
  3. ^ Niger court says third-term referendum unlawful. Reuters. May 26, 2009
  4. ^ La Cour constitutionnelle du Niger s’oppose au projet de changement de constitution APA News. 25 May 2009.
  5. ^ Sentence de la Cour Constitutionnelle: Un Président contre l’Etat. M. Zamanka. Le Canard déchaîné N°382. 15 June 2009.

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