Mohamed Ben Omar

Mohamed Ben Omar (1 January 1965 – 3 May 2020) was a Nigerien politician and teacher. Omar served as a government minister in several cabinets, most recently as Minister of Employment, Labor and Social Protection from April 2017 until his death on 2 May 2020. Omar also founded the Nigerien Social Democratic Party (PSD) in 2015.[2]

Mohamed Ben Omar
Minister of Employment, Labor and Social Protection
In office
27 April 2017 – 3 May 2020
PresidentMahamadou Issoufou
Prime MinisterBrigi Rafini
Preceded byYahouza Sadissou
Succeeded byTBD
Minister of Higher Education
In office
15 April 2016[1] – April 2017
PresidentMahamadou Issoufou
Prime MinisterBrigi Rafini
Preceded byAsmane Abdou[1]
Succeeded by?
Fourth Vice-President of the National Assembly of the 6th Republic
In office
March 2011 – April 2016
Fourth Vice-President of the National Assembly of the 4th Republic
In office
14 November 2009 – 18 February 2010
Minister of Communications
In office
2007–2009
PresidentMamadou Tandja
Prime MinisterSeyni Oumarou
Personal details
Born(1965-01-01)1 January 1965
Tesker, Niger
Died3 May 2020(2020-05-03) (aged 55)
Niamey, Niger
Political partyNigerien Social Democratic Party (2015–2020)
Rally for Democracy and Progress (before 2015)
ProfessionTeacher
Politician

BiographyEdit

Mohamed Ben Omar was born on 1 January 1965 in Tesker, Niger, located in the country's Zinder Region.[2][3]

From 2000 to 2004, Omar was a professor of geography at the Lycée Franco-arabe LFA de Niamey.

From 2004 to 2007, he was a minister who was responsible for relations among higher-learning institutions. He served as Niger's Minister of Communication from 2007 to 2009, and was simultaneously a spokesperson for the government.[4] Omar supported a constitutional amendment to let then-President Mamadou Tandja extend his second term in office by three years, but Tandja was overthrown by the military in February 2010 during the 2010 Nigerien coup d'état.[3]

From 14 November 2009 to 18 February 2010, Omar was the Fourth Vice-President of the National Assembly of the 6th Republic. From March 2011 to April 2016, he was Fourth Vice-President of the National Assembly of the 7th Republic.[5]

From April 15, 2016,[1] to April 2017, Omar served as Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.[1][6] Most recently, Omar served as Minister of Employment, Labor and Social Protection from 27 April 2017 until his on 2 May 2020.[7]

Additionally, Mohamed Ben Omar served President of the Nigerien Social Democratic Party (PSD), which he founded in 2015.[2][3] Omar allied the PSD with President Mahamadou Issoufou's Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism party.[3] Prior to establishing the PDS, Omar was a member of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP).[3][2]

Omar died on 3 May 2020 at National Hospital in Niamey at the age of 55.[3][8] On 5 May 2020, Télé Sahel, the national television broadcaster of Niger, announced that Mohamed Ben Omar had died as a result of COVID-19.[2][3][9] His Social Democratic Party (PSD) also confirmed that Omar suffered from COVID-19 via Whatsapp.[2][3] Omar was buried in a cemetery in Niamey.[10]

Omar died shortly after the death of another prominent Nigerien politician from COVID-19, Mahamane Jean Padonou, a 2016 presidential candidate who became a special advisor to President Mahamadou Issoufou.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Ben Omar aux commandes de l'Enseignement supérieur". Niger Inter. 2016-04-15. Archived from the original on 2019-08-14. Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Niger: le ministre du Travail est mort du coronavirus". Le Figaro. 2020-05-05. Archived from the original on 2020-05-05. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sahel: Niger labor minister succumbs from Covid-10". Agence France-Presse. The North Africa Journal. 2020-05-05. Archived from the original on 2020-05-06. Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  4. ^ "Niger: disparition d'un responsable canadien de l'ONU". LaDepeche.fr (in French). 27 October 2008.
  5. ^ "Boko Haram: le Parlement du Niger vote à l'unanimité l'envoi de troupes au Nigeria". Le Figaro (in French). 9 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Mohamed Ben Omar". Niger Inter (in French).
  7. ^ "Fête du travail : allocution de Mohamed Ben Omar, ministre de l'Emploi et du Travail". ActuNiger (in French). 30 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Niger: décès du ministre du Travail". Le Figaro. 2020-05-03. Archived from the original on 2020-05-05. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  9. ^ Olivier, Mathieu (2020-05-04). "Niger: Mohamed Ben Omar, le ministre de l'Emploi et du Travail, est décédé du Covid-19". Jeune Afrique. Archived from the original on 2020-05-05. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  10. ^ a b "Niger: le chef de l'Etat assiste à la levée du corps du ministre de l'Emploi". Sahelien.com. 2020-05-04. Archived from the original on 2020-05-06. Retrieved 2020-05-06.