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Niamey, the capital and largest city of Niger, lies on the Niger River, primarily situated on the east bank. The Kennedy Bridge, built in 1970, is the main crossing for the Niger River and is named for US President John F. Kennedy. Its construction enabled Niamey to expand onto the right (west) bank of the river. Located in a semi-arid part of the continent, Niamey is remarkably hot throughout the year and is one of the hottest major cities on the planet.