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CEDEAO Considers Using Force to Restore Constitutional Order in Niger

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CEDEAO Considers Using Force to Restore Constitutional Order in Niger
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), also known as CEDEAO, has announced that it is considering all options, including the use of force, to restore constitutional order in Niger following the coup d'état on July 26th. The regional bloc has ordered the activation of its reserve force and pledged to impose sanctions and travel bans on those obstructing the return to power of democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum.

ABUYA, 10 ago (Reuters) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), also known as CEDEAO, announced on Thursday that all options, including the use of force, are on the table to restore constitutional order in Niger following the coup d'état on July 26th. The regional bloc held a summit of heads of state in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, where they committed to imposing sanctions and travel bans on those obstructing the return to power of President Mohamed Bazoum, who was democratically elected.

"No option is being ruled out, including the use of force as a last resort," declared Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, who currently holds the presidency of CEDEAO, at the end of the summit.

"We remain steadfast in our commitment to supporting Niger on its path towards peaceful democratic stability," Tinubu added. "I hope that through our collective effort, we can achieve a peaceful resolution as a roadmap to restoring stability and democracy in Niger. All hope is not lost."

Following Tinubu's intervention, an official statement was read which included a resolution calling on the defense chiefs of the bloc to "immediately activate the ECOWAS Reserve Force with all its elements".

Another resolution ordered "the deployment of the ECOWAS Reserve Force to restore constitutional order in the Republic of Niger", followed immediately by another resolution advocating for the restoration of said order "through peaceful means".

The Niamey junta defied the August 6th deadline set by ECOWAS to step down, closed Niger's airspace, and pledged to defend the country against any foreign attack.

ECOWAS defense chiefs drew up plans last week for a potential military intervention in Niger, which the heads of state discussed during Thursday's summit. The statement from the meeting does not indicate when or under what circumstances a deployment in Niger could take place.

(Additional reporting by Nellie Peyton, Alexander Winning, Abdel-Kader Mazou, Joel Honore Kouam, Ngouda Dione and Thiam Ndiaga; written by Estelle Shirbon; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)

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