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CEDEAO Orders Immediate Activation of Regional Force to Restore Constitutional Order in Niger

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CEDEAO Orders Immediate Activation of Regional Force to Restore Constitutional Order in Niger
The President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Omar Alieu Touray, has ordered the immediate activation of a regional force to restore constitutional order in Niger. This comes in response to the coup d'état that took place on July 26th. While ECOWAS is still committed to resolving the crisis through peaceful means, Touray's announcement at the summit marks a definite step towards possible intervention.

Abuja - The President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Omar Alieu Touray, has ordered the immediate activation of a regional force to restore constitutional order in Niger. This decision was made at an extraordinary summit of regional heads of state and government held in Abuja to find a solution to the crisis following the coup d'état on July 26th.

Touray stated, "I hereby order the activation of the ECOWAS standby force with all its elements immediately." The announcement of the deployment of a military force was included in the resolutions read at the end of the summit.

While ECOWAS remains determined to resolve the crisis through peaceful means, Touray's announcement represents a significant first step towards possible military intervention.

The President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, who currently holds the ECOWAS presidency, called for dialogue and prioritizing "all diplomatic avenues" in his opening speech at the summit.

At the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres warned against "any threats to harm the elected President of Niger," Mohamed Bazoum, who is currently being detained by the Presidential Guard.

When questioned about the alleged threats by the coup leaders to kill President Bazoum if a military intervention takes place, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq stated, "We will oppose that," without providing further details.

Hours earlier, President Bazoum's party had denounced that he and his entire family, who are unlawfully detained in the presidential palace, are lacking electricity, water, food, and medicine.

Indirectly confirming this accusation, António Guterres issued a statement denouncing the "deplorable living conditions" in which Bazoum and his family are being held. He reiterated that Bazoum's detention by the Presidential Guard is arbitrary and called for his immediate release, as well as the release of other members of his government who are still detained.

The only item on the agenda of the Abuja summit, which brought together heads of state and representatives from the 15 member countries of ECOWAS, was to discuss the situation created by the coup and assess a potential military intervention to restore constitutional legality.

This was the first meeting of ECOWAS leaders since the expiration of their ultimatum to the military during the previous organization's summit on July 30th.

All the presidents of the West African bloc were present at this summit, with the exception of Gambia, Liberia, and Cape Verde, which sent representatives.

The presidents of Burundi and Mauritania, who are not ECOWAS members but were invited by the organization, also attended the summit, along with representatives from Algeria, Libya, the United Nations, and the African Union.

The extraordinary summit in Abuja focused on how to address the fifth successful coup in the region since 2020, following those in Mali (twice), Burkina Faso, and Guinea.

Since 2020, West Africa has experienced a total of nine attempted coup d'états.

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