Concord Day in Niger in 2020

Concord Day in Niger in 2020
Niger is the largest country in west Africa Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke , via Pixabay
  How long until Concord Day?
This holiday next takes place in 222 days.
  Dates of Concord Day in Niger
2021 Niger Sat, Apr 24 National Holiday
2020 Niger Fri, Apr 24 National Holiday
2019 Niger Wed, Apr 24 National Holiday
2018 Niger Tue, Apr 24 National Holiday
  Summary
Commemorates the signing of the peace accords that ended the Tuareg Rebellion in 1995
  Local name
Fête nationale de la Concorde

When is Concord Day?

Concord is a national holiday in Niger, observed on April 24th.

Also known as the National Day of Concord, this day marks the anniversary of a Peace Accord signed in 1995.

History of Concord Day

The advent of the 1990s saw big political changes in Niger. The decade brought multi-party democracy for the first time, but also saw rebellions by the Tuareg and Toubou people, leading to conflict in the northern part of the country. The rebels formed two umbrella organisations called the Organisation of Armed Resistance (Organisation de Résistance Armée, ORA), and the Coordinated Armed resistance (Coordination de Résistance Armée, CRA).

A truce was agreed in 1994, which led to talks between the government and rebels. This eventually led to the signing of the April 24th 1995 Peace Accord, negotiated in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

While it wasn't until 1998 that the last armed group signed up to the accord and sporadic fighting continued until 1999, the accord was seen as marking the end of the fighting and the end of the rebellion.

The final peace agreement was celebrated with a "Flame of Peace" in which weapons were burned in Agadez on September 25th 2000.

It has been a public holiday since 1995. Businesses and government offices will be closed.

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