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Saturday, May 8, 1999 Published at 12:15 GMT 13:15 UK

World: Africa

Former Niger minister questioned by police

The former interior minister of Niger, Souley Abdoulaye, has been questioned by the police.

Members of his family say he was taken from his home last night but he has now been released.

Correspondents say its the first such incident since the death of President Ibrahim Bare Mainassara in a military coup four weeks ago.

The new government has banned members of the former administration from leaving the capital, Niamey, while investigations are made into how they ran their government departments.

Officials say the new military ruler, Daouda Malam Wanke, has set up a national commission to fight fraud or embezzlement of public money and property. The military government has promised a return to civilian rule by early next year after it holds multi-party elections.

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