Niger military council takes control, names Tiani as leader

Niger military council takes control, names Tiani as leader

Leaders of a coup in Niger have dissolved the government and suspended the constitution. General Abdourahamane Tiani has been declared the new head of state. France has refused to recognize the new leaders, while the United Nations has stated that it will continue aid delivery to Niger.

The coup in Niger has raised concerns about the security of the region, as Niger has been a key ally in the fight against insurgencies by groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State. General Tiani, who was the head of the presidential guard, has been named as the new leader. However, there has been confusion over who is in control.

General Tiani appeared on state television with a banner describing him as the president of the National Council for Safeguarding the Homeland (CNSP), a newly formed military body. An officer read a statement declaring that the President of the CNSP is the head of state. The constitution has been suspended, all government institutions dissolved, and the CNSP will exercise all legislative and executive power until constitutional order is restored.

The coup in Niger has been met with alarm from African countries, Western powers, and international organizations. They have called for the release of President Bazoum and the restoration of democracy. France, however, still recognizes Bazoum as the legitimate leader. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner mercenary group, has welcomed the coup and offered his fighters’ services to bring order. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has called for the restoration of constitutional order.

The coup in Niger has raised uncertainty about the military future of the country. Niger was previously seen as the West’s most stable ally in an unstable region. It borders Mali, Burkina Faso, and Chad, all of which have experienced coups in the past two years. Western countries, including France, Germany, Italy, and the United States, have troops in Niger for military training and counter-insurgency missions. Niger is also a major producer of uranium.

General Tiani justified the coup by stating that the government had failed to contain the Islamist insurgency. Militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have been spreading across the Sahel region, and Niger has been relatively successful in holding them off compared to Mali and Burkina Faso. The situation in Niger is still dynamic, and the engagement of Western partners in the future is uncertain.

The juntas in Mali and Burkina Faso have turned towards Russia as a strategic ally, distancing themselves from traditional partners like France. Bazoum, who has not made a statement since the coup, is being detained with his family in the presidential palace. Foreign countries have not announced plans to intervene in Niger, but General Tiani has warned against any attempts to extract Bazoum.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will hold an emergency summit to discuss the situation in Niger. ECOWAS has struggled to convince soldiers to give back power after recent coups in member states. The European Union has threatened to cut budgetary support to Niger, and the United States has stated that its cooperation with Niger’s government is contingent on democratic standards. The United Nations will continue delivering aid to Niger, despite not having had any contact with the military since the coup.

Niger is in need of humanitarian aid, with millions of people requiring assistance. The country has a significant number of internally displaced people and refugees from neighboring countries. The situation in Niger remains uncertain, and the international community is closely monitoring developments.

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