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Niger Soldiers Claim Power After President Bazoum’s Own Guards Seize Him

On July 26, 2023, an attempted coup took place in Niger, a landlocked country in West Africa. The situation unfolded when a group of Niger soldiers claim power after president Bazoum’s own guards seize him. The incident has sparked concern both within Niger and internationally, as it raises questions about the stability and security of the nation.

Rhyley Carney
Jul 28, 20235487 Shares97977 Views
On July 26, 2023, an attempted coup took place in Niger, a landlocked country in West Africa. The situation unfolded when a group of Niger soldiers claim power after president Bazoum’s own guards seize him. The incident has sparked concern both within Niger and internationally, as it raises questions about the stability and security of the nation.
According to the reports, a group of soldiers in Niger launched an attempted coup in the capital city, Niamey. Niger soldiers claim power after president Bazoum’s own guards seize him. The soldiers are identified as members of the Nigerien Armed Forces. During the attempted coup, the President's own guards reportedly took him into custody, effectively putting him under house arrest.
Details surrounding the reasons behind the coup attempt and the specific grievances of the soldiers involved have not been extensively covered in the initial reports. Coup attempts are often fueled by various political, economic, and social factors, and it remains to be seen what specifically led to this incident in Niger.
The attempted coup in Niger has raised concerns about the country's political stability and the potential for further violence. Niger has a history of political instability and has experienced previous coup attempts. Such incidents can exacerbate existing tensions and divisions within the country and may further hamper its efforts towards development and progress.
“We have decided to put an end to the regime that you know,”a man described as Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane declared in a video communiqué, flanked by what appeared to be several troops. He cited the country's deteriorating security situation and "poor economic and social governance."
He stated that until further notice, a nighttime curfew would be in place from 22:00 to 5:00 local time.
The National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP), according to Col Maj Abdramane, was represented by the soldiers.

Soldiers in Niger claim to have overthrown President Bazoum

Hassoumi Massoudou, the foreign minister, described the soldiers' actions as "an attempted coup d'etat," but added that "the entire army was not behind the coup."
He urged "mutinous officers to return to their ranks" and mentioned that there were ongoing mediation attempts, including those by the president of Nigeria, who was "dialoguing with the military."
The president, he claimed, is "in good health" and unharmed, and that they chatted.
A successful coup or prolonged instability in Niger could have significant ramifications for regional security and exacerbate ongoing conflicts in neighboring countries.
Unknown to the public, Mr. Bazoum remarked in a tweet on Thursday (July 27, 2023) morning that the "hard-won gains will be safeguarded" and that Nigerians who value democracy will take care of the situation.
In response to the reports of the attempted coup, leaders from various countries and international organizations have expressed concern and condemned any attempts to undermine the democratic process in Niger. Calls for restraint, respect for the rule of law, and the peaceful resolution of disputes have been emphasized in statements issued by foreign governments and organizations.

Conclusion

Niger soldiers claim power after president Bazoum’s own guards seize him. This has raised serious questions about the country's political stability and the potential consequences for the broader region.
As the situation unfolds, it is crucial for Niger's leaders to find a peaceful and democratic resolution to the crisis, and for the international community to offer support in promoting stability and democracy in the country. The events in Niger serve as a reminder of the challenges many African nations face in maintaining stable governance and addressing complex security issues.
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