Niger soldiers say President Bazoum’s government has been removed

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Niger soldiers say President Bazoum’s government has been removed

Niger President Mohamed Bazoum has been ousted from power by a group of soldiers who appeared on national television late on Wednesday. Colonel Amadou Abdramane, along with nine other officers, announced the decision to remove Bazoum due to the deteriorating security situation and bad governance. The soldiers declared the closure of Niger’s borders, imposed a nationwide curfew, and suspended all institutions of the republic. They also warned against foreign intervention and assured that they would respect Bazoum’s wellbeing. This military takeover is the seventh coup in the West and Central Africa region since 2020, posing challenges to Western efforts in combating the jihadist insurgency in the Sahel region. Niger, a key ally for Western powers, has been instrumental in the fight against insurgencies and irregular migration from sub-Saharan Africa. France and Germany have been actively involved in supporting Niger’s security forces. Bazoum’s election marked the first democratic transition of power in Niger, a country that has experienced multiple military coups since gaining independence from France in 1960. The United States and the European Union have invested significant resources in Niger’s security, but a coup could create opportunities for other actors, such as Russia, to expand their influence in the region. Earlier on Wednesday, General Omar Tchiani and the presidential guards took over the presidency, prompting regional leaders to mediate and prevent a coup. Frustrations over the government’s failure to prevent violent attacks have contributed to previous coups in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea. There was a failed coup attempt in Niger in March 2021, just days before Bazoum’s inauguration. The African Union and the West African regional bloc ECOWAS condemned the attempted coup. Regional leaders, including the president of Benin, Patrice Talon, have expressed their commitment to restoring constitutional order in Niger. The international community, including the United States, the European Union, France, and the United Nations, has condemned the uprising and called for Bazoum’s release. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the importance of democratic governance for the U.S.’s economic and security partnership with Niger.

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