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West African Leaders Convene Amid Niger Coup; Junta Cautions Against Intervention

Niger's military leaders have issued a stern warning against any potential armed intervention in the country, as West African leaders convene amid Niger coup in Nigeria's capital for an emergency summit on Sunday.

Tyrese Griffin
Jul 30, 20235065 Shares80392 Views
Niger's military leaders have issued a stern warning against any potential armed intervention in the country, as West African leaders convene amid Niger coupin Nigeria's capital for an emergency summit on Sunday.
The summit aims to decide on further actions to pressure the army to restore constitutional order in Niger.

ECOWAS Summit And Possible Measures

Heads of state from the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the eight-member West African Economic and Monetary Union will convene to discuss potential actions against Niger.
These actions could include suspending Niger from its institutions, cutting off the country from the regional central bank and financial market, and closing borders.
Niger's eastern neighbor, Chad, a non-member of both regional organizations, has been invited to participate in the ECOWAS summit, according to a statement from the Chadian president's office on Saturday.

Niger's Status And International Partnerships

Niger, one of the world's poorest countries, relies heavily on official development assistance, receiving close to $2 billion annually from the World Bank.
The nation is also a key security partner for France and the United States, serving as a base to combat Islamist insurgency in the broader Sahel region of West and Central Africa.
The West African leaders may also consider, for the first time, a military intervention to restore President Mohamed Bazoum, who was ousted when General Abdourahamane Tiani was declared the new head of state on Friday.

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Military Leaders' Warning

Ahead of the Sunday summit, Niger's military leaders issued a statement broadcasted on national television warning against any military intervention.
Junta spokesman Colonel Amadou Abdramane expressed the military's determination to defend the homeland and accused ECOWAS of plotting aggression through an imminent military intervention in Niamey, possibly with the collaboration of other non-ECOWAS African countries and certain western nations.
The junta issued a second statement, inviting citizens in the capital to take to the streets in peaceful protest against ECOWAS and in support of the new military leaders, scheduled for 7 a.m. local time (0600 GMT).

International Response And Demands

The military coup in Niger has been met with widespread condemnation from neighboring countries and international partners.
They have refused to recognize the new leaders and have demanded the restoration of President Bazoum to power.
Despite Bazoum's confinement within the presidential palace since early Thursday, the European Union, France, and others continue to recognize him as the legitimate president.
As a consequence of the coup, the European Union and France have halted financial support to Niger, and the United States has threatened to follow suit.
Following an emergency meeting on Friday, the African Union demanded that the military return to their barracks and restore constitutional order within 15 days.
However, the statement did not specify the consequences should this deadline not be met.
The ECOWAS summit on Sunday holds significant importance in determining the course of action for Niger and the region. As the situation unfolds, the international community closely watches for developments and responses to the ongoing crisis.

Final Words

As West African leaders meet to discuss the situation in Niger following the coup, tensions remain high as the military junta strongly warns against any intervention in the country's affairs.
The crisis has garnered widespread international condemnation, with neighboring countries and global partners refusing to recognize the new leaders and demanding the restoration of President Mohamed Bazoum.
The outcome of the emergency summit and the actions taken by the regional bloc will be crucial in determining the future course of events in Niger.
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