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Sat, Aug 5, 2023 4:05 PM

Military Junta in Niger Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Four Countries

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Military Junta in Niger Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Four Countries
The military junta in Niger has decided to sever diplomatic ties with four countries, including its neighbor Nigeria. This decision comes after Nigeria suspended its electricity supply to Niger following the failure of its delegation to meet with the coup leaders. The political crisis in Niger deepens as tensions rise between the two nations.

Maiduguri, Nigeria (ANTARA) - The military junta in Niger, on Friday, decided to cut diplomatic ties with four countries, including its neighbor Nigeria, which had previously suspended its electricity exports to the country following the failure of its delegation to meet with the coup leaders.

The extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassadors of the Republic of Niger to France, Nigeria, Togo, and the United States have been recalled, announced Colonel Major Amadou Abdramane, the spokesperson for Niger's coup leader, through a local media television broadcast.

The spokesperson for the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Francisca Omayulim, did not immediately respond to Anadolu's request for Nigeria's reaction to the diplomatic deadlock that followed Niger's decision.

On the previous day, Thursday, Niger's coup leaders rejected a Nigerian delegation led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former military head General Abubakar Abdulsami from entering the country.

Nigeria's President, who also serves as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has called for military action against the Niger rebels and the restoration of President Mohamed Bazoum's position.

However, constitutional lawyer Onyeama Oke has urged the Nigerian government to withdraw its ambassador and other staff from its embassy in Niamey, the capital of Niger.

He, nevertheless, advised the Nigerian government to allow the Nigerien people to handle their internal problems.

"The Nigerian people cannot cry more than the Nigerien people. While we work to ensure that democracy thrives in African countries, we must acknowledge the citizens' right to choose what they want," he told Anadolu.

Prior to this, Nigeria halted its electricity supply to Niger on Friday, leaving several areas in the country in darkness. Niger purchases 70 percent of its electricity from the Nigerian Electricity Corporation.

On July 26, a group of soldiers calling themselves the National Council for the Safeguard of the Republic (CNSP) issued a statement on Niger's state television shortly after detaining Bazoum, stating that they took this step due to the "deteriorating security situation and poor governance.

Bazoum was elected in Niger's first democratic power transition since the country gained independence from French colonial rule in 1960.

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