West African leaders meet over Niger coup, junta warns against intervention

West African leaders meet over Niger coup, junta warns against intervention

Niger’s military leaders have cautioned against any armed intervention in the country as West African leaders prepare to convene in Nigeria’s capital for an emergency summit. The purpose of the summit is to determine further actions to exert pressure on the army to restore constitutional order. The heads of state from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union could potentially suspend Niger from its institutions, sever its ties to the regional central bank and financial market, and close borders.

Chad, Niger’s eastern neighbor and a non-member of both regional organizations, has been invited to attend the ECOWAS summit. This invitation was confirmed by a statement from the Chadian president’s office. Niger is one of the world’s poorest countries and receives approximately $2 billion in official development assistance annually. It is also a security partner of France and the United States, who utilize it as a base to combat Islamist insurgency in the wider Sahel region of West and Central Africa.

In an unprecedented move, the West African leaders may consider a military intervention to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum, who was ousted when General Abdourahamane Tiani was declared the new head of state. Prior to the summit, the military leaders in Niger issued a warning against any military intervention. Colonel Amadou Abdramane, the junta spokesman, stated that the objective of the ECOWAS meeting is to approve a plan for aggression against Niger through an imminent military intervention in Niamey, in collaboration with non-member African countries and certain western countries. He emphasized their firm determination to defend their homeland.

The junta released a second statement inviting citizens in the capital to protest against ECOWAS and show support for the new military leaders by taking to the streets. The military coup in Niger has faced widespread condemnation from neighboring countries and international partners, who refuse to recognize the new leaders and demand the restoration of President Bazoum to power. Despite being confined within the presidential palace since early Thursday, Bazoum is still recognized as the legitimate president by the European Union, France, and others.

In response to the coup, the European Union and France have suspended financial support to Niger, while the United States has threatened to do the same. Following an emergency meeting, the African Union issued a statement demanding that the military return to their barracks and restore constitutional order within 15 days. However, it did not specify the consequences if this demand is not met.

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