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ECOWAS Gives Niger Coup Leaders One Week Ultimatum to Restore Constitutional Order or Face Force

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ECOWAS Gives Niger Coup Leaders One Week Ultimatum to Restore Constitutional Order or Face Force
ECOWAS has given the coup leaders in Niger a one-week ultimatum to restore constitutional order, after the recent coup against President Mohamed Bazoum. The regional bloc has not ruled out the use of force if the demands are not met. Additionally, ECOWAS has suspended all trade and financial activities between member states and Niger. In a bid to put pressure on the military, the organization has also imposed financial sanctions on individuals involved in the coup. The announcement came during a summit held in Abuja, Nigeria, which was attended by regional leaders.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has given the coup leaders in Niger a one-week ultimatum to restore constitutional order following the recent coup against President Mohamed Bazoum. The regional bloc issued the ultimatum during an emergency summit held in Abuja, Nigeria, under the leadership of Nigerian President, Bola Tinubu.

ECOWAS demanded the "immediate release" of President Bazoum and the "complete return to constitutional order in the Republic of Niger". The bloc warned that if the demands were not met within the one-week deadline, it would take "all necessary measures... including the use of force". To ensure the readiness of member states, defense chiefs will convene immediately.

In addition to the ultimatum, ECOWAS announced the suspension of all trade and financial activities between member states and Niger. The coastal country, with a population of 20 million, is one of the poorest nations in the world despite its uranium resources. This trade suspension will further exacerbate the economic challenges faced by the country.

The regional bloc also imposed financial sanctions, including freezing the assets of military officials involved in the attempted coup. The move aims to put pressure on the coup leaders and discourage others from attempting similar actions in the future.

During the summit, Nigerian President Bola Tinubu denounced the "detention of coup leaders" and the "attack" on democracy in Niger. He stated, "The time for warnings is over, it is time for action."

Members of ECOWAS were represented at the summit by their heads of state or their representatives, with the exception of Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso. These countries have had their membership suspended since experiencing military coups. However, Chadian President, Idriss Deby Itno, who is not an ECOWAS member, was invited to the summit due to Chad's proximity to Niger and its military alliance with France.

In response to the summit, the military council that emerged from the coup on Saturday evening condemned the meeting, stating that its intention was to "endorse a plan of aggression against Niger". The council issued a statement on national television, warning of an imminent "military intervention in Niamey, in collaboration with non-member African countries and some Western countries".

In late 2022, ECOWAS decided to establish a regional intervention force to combat jihadist groups and address coup attempts. The recent crisis in Niger has tested the effectiveness and resolve of the organization in tackling political instability in the region.

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