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Sun, Jul 30, 2023 4:30 AM

Niger Junta Warns Against Armed Intervention as Regional Leaders Gather for Emergency Summit

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Niger Junta Warns Against Armed Intervention as Regional Leaders Gather for Emergency Summit
Niger's military junta warns against armed intervention as West African leaders gather for an emergency summit to address the recent military coup. The junta criticizes ECOWAS and accuses it of planning imminent military intervention in collaboration with non-member African countries and certain western nations. The international community has condemned the coup and demanded the reinstatement of President Bazoum, while cutting off financial support to Niger.

Niger's military leaders have issued a stern warning against any armed intervention in the country, as West African leaders come together for an emergency summit in Nigeria's capital to discuss further actions against the military junta. The military coup, which took place recently, has sparked outrage and concern within the region and the international community.

Heads of state from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union will convene to decide on potential measures to pressure the army to restore constitutional order. These measures include suspending Niger from regional institutions, cutting off the country from the regional central bank and financial market, and closing borders.

Chad, Niger's eastern neighbor and a non-member of the regional organizations, has also been invited to the ECOWAS summit, according to a statement from the Chadian president's office.

Niger, being one of the world's poorest countries, receives significant official development assistance of close to $2 billion annually. It also serves as a security partner to France and the United States in their fight against the Islamist insurgency in the wider Sahel region.

In an unprecedented move, the West African leaders may consider a military intervention to restore President Mohamed Bazoum, who was ousted when General Abdourahamane Tiani declared himself as the new head of state on Friday.

Prior to the Sunday summit, the military leaders in Niger issued a statement broadcasted on national television warning against any military intervention in the country. The junta spokesperson, Colonel Amadou Abdramane, accused ECOWAS of planning an aggressive act of imminent military intervention in collaboration with non-member African countries and certain Western nations.

"We want to once more remind ECOWAS or any other adventurer, of our firm determination to defend our homeland," Colonel Abdramane stated.

Additionally, the junta urged citizens in the capital to join a demonstration against ECOWAS and show support for the new military leaders. The demonstration is scheduled to take place on Sunday morning.

The military coup in Niger has faced widespread condemnation from neighboring countries and international partners, who refuse to recognize the new leaders and demand the reinstatement of President Bazoum. However, President Bazoum's whereabouts remain unknown since Thursday, when he was confined within the presidential palace.

Various entities, including the European Union, France, and the United States, have halted financial support to Niger, and the US has threatened to follow suit. The African Union called for the military to return to their barracks and restore constitutional order within 15 days after an emergency meeting held on Friday. However, the consequences of failing to comply were not specified.

As West African leaders convene to discuss the situation in Niger, the international community awaits their decision on potential actions and measures to address the military coup and the crisis it has caused. The fate of Niger hangs in the balance as regional leaders deliberate on the appropriate response.

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