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After Niger coup, Mohamed Bazoum calls for cover of democracy

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Deposed Nigerien president Mohamed Bazoum advised his nation by way of social media Thursday after being incarcerated in his palace by rebellious troopers that “hard-won positive aspects” made within the nation below his rule could be “protected” by democracy-loving patriots.

Nonetheless in a blow for his calls to withstand the coup, the nation’s military mentioned in a assertion that it will help the coup leaders to stop bloodshed within the West African nation and protect unity.

“To keep away from a lethal confrontation between the totally different forces which might provoke a massacre and impinge on the safety of the inhabitants,” the military chief of workers mentioned its navy command had “determined to stick to the declaration of the Protection and Safety Forces.”

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Western and regional officers have strongly condemned the ouster of Bazoum, a key ally of the USA, France and others within the combat in opposition to Islamist insurgency within the insecure Sahel area.

Niger is without doubt one of the few international locations within the coup-plagued space the place the Russian mercenary group Wagner has didn’t make substantial inroads, nevertheless Russian affect is rising. The coup occurred as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is internet hosting African leaders in St. Petersburg Thursday.

Bazoum was barricaded within the presidential palace within the nation’s capital, Niamey, late Wednesday. In a quick video assertion, Col. Amadou Abdramane, flanked by 9 different navy officers, mentioned that they had toppled Bazoum due to “the deteriorating safety state of affairs” within the West African nation and “dangerous governance.”

They added that the nation’s establishments had been suspended, its borders closed and a curfew carried out. Additionally they warned in opposition to any overseas intervention, including that Bazoum wouldn’t be harmed within the transition of energy.

Niger’s overseas minister, Hassoumi Massoudou, posted an attraction on Twitter on Thursday, urging “all democrats and patriots” to defeat what he termed this “perilous journey,” which he mentioned endangered the nation that’s dwelling to some 27 million folks. “Lengthy reside democracy, lengthy reside Niger,” he mentioned, calling himself the interim head of presidency whereas the president was being held.

Bazoum’s whereabouts had been unknown Thursday however Massoudou advised France 24 that the deposed president was in “good well being” and nonetheless being held contained in the presidential palace along with his household, referring to him because the “professional chief.”

The coup in Niger is the most recent to hit the impoverished Sahel area in recent times after related takeovers in Mali, Burkina Faso and Chad, in addition to in Sudan and Guinea farther afield, and it was instantly condemned internationally.

“We condemn any efforts to grab energy by drive,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken advised reporters in a single day from New Zealand, including that he was monitoring developments in Niger “very intently” and had spoken with Bazoum to make “clear that the USA resolutely helps him because the democratically elected president, and we name for his instant launch.”

Blinken mentioned that it was for legal professionals to find out whether or not the developments in Niger technically represent a coup. “However what it clearly constitutes is an effort to grab energy by drive and to disrupt the structure,” he mentioned.

U.S. Africa Command, which is chargeable for American navy relations in Africa, additionally mentioned in a press release that it’s going to proceed to “monitor the state of affairs in Niamey” and is working with the State Division.

Amid rising Russian affect within the area, Niger has lengthy been a “most well-liked companion” and agency ally of the USA, which homes a drone base within the nation, mentioned Ulf Laessing, director of the Regional Sahel Program on the Konrad Adenauer Basis in Mali.

Coup leaders, nevertheless, will most likely now be targeted on “consolidating energy after their putsch” and fewer so on supporting worldwide safety efforts within the area, he added.

“This may have main implications; the Nigerien military was making some progress and in a position to comprise a bit the regional menace,” he mentioned. The motives of the leaders stay “unclear,” Laessing mentioned, however he famous that Bazoum had been “usually well-regarded” within the nation throughout his two years in energy.

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Niger’s navy and air drive have acquired help and coaching from the USA, together with on the Air Drive Academy in Colorado and on the Air Conflict Faculty in Alabama, based on a 2021 abstract launched by the U.S. Embassy in Niamey.

Six years in the past, an assault on U.S. troops in Niger made world headlines when militants ambushed U.S. and Nigerien troopers. 4 American troopers had been killed close to the western village of Tongo Tongo.

Landlocked Niger lies between Chad and Mali, and about 800 U.S. troops at a time have been deployed there, Pentagon officers have mentioned.

The ability seize might result in additional insecurity within the area, which is grappling with violence from Islamist insurgencies within the Lake Chad space and close to Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso.

African Union Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat mentioned in a assertion that he “strongly condemned” what he labeled an “tried coup” in Niger. He mentioned the transfer would “undermine the steadiness of democratic and republican establishments” and urged the navy to “instantly stop these unacceptable actions.”

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U.N. Secretary Normal António Guterres additionally condemned the ouster and mentioned the state of affairs could be monitored “intently.”

“He condemns within the strongest phrases any effort to grab energy by drive and to undermine democratic governance, peace and stability in Niger,” Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for Guterres, mentioned in a press release.

The president of regional powerhouse Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, additionally backed Bazoum, saying regional international locations would defend the constitutional order in Niger.

“All lovers of democracy around the globe is not going to tolerate any state of affairs that incapacitates the democratically elected authorities of the nation,” he acknowledged.

The uranium-rich, former French colony has skilled 4 coups since its independence in 1960. Bazoum was elected in a peaceable, democratic vote in 2021 following the 2 phrases of Mahamadou Issoufou.

Rachel Chason, Michael Birnbaum, Paul Schemm and Dan Lamothe contributed to this report.



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