Last updated: 3 september, 2010 - 08:59 GMT

Military junta makes changes to Niger's draft constitution

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In Niger the ruling junta has introduced some major reforms on the draft of a new constitution which was handed to them by the consultative council a few days ago.

The key changes include the cancellation of a controversial article which made it a requirement for presidential candidates to hold a university degree and to be less than 70 years.

The presidential elections are planned for February next year - a year after the current junta overthrew former president, Mamadou Tandja.

BBC Network Africa's Idy Baraou asked the military junta's spokesperson Colonel Abdoul Karim Goukoye about the reforms.

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