April 15, 2024

Following Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani’s declaration of himself as the brand new head of state in Niger, america, the UN, and France all referred to as for a swift return to order.

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken conveyed unwavering assist to Niger’s ousted chief Mohamed Bazoum and issued a warning to these detaining him, emphasizing that “a whole lot of thousands and thousands of {dollars} of help” might be in danger. The State Division’s spokesperson, Matt Miller, acknowledged that Blinken, amidst finishing a multi-nation Pacific tour, made a second name to Bazoum to reaffirm America’s dedication.

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Caption: In an announcement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised to assist ousted Niger President Mohamed Bazoum 

Blinken additionally expressed concern over Bazoum’s continued detention in a separate name to former Nigerien chief Mahamadou Issoufou, underscoring the necessity to discover a decision for the restoration of constitutional order within the nation. As an additional response, Washington beforehand indicated that it would droop safety and different cooperation with Niger, the place 1,000 US troops are stationed.

Moreover, Blinken engaged in discussions with French Overseas Minister Catherine Colonna to handle the state of affairs in Niger, stressing the urgency of efforts to revive constitutional order within the West African nation that has been grappling with militant-related challenges.

Blinken extends unflagging support to Niger’s ousted leader Bazoum - Asiana Times
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Caption: Common Abdourahmane Tchiani declares himself the brand new chief of the Niger Republic and asks for assist 

Throughout his public look on state tv on Monday, Common Abdourahamane Tchiani, head of the presidential guard since 2011, proclaimed himself the “president of the Nationwide Council for the Safeguarding of the Homeland,” and warned in opposition to international navy intervention, saying it might result in chaos.

In response to those developments, the UN Safety Council condemned the unconstitutional try to alter the nation’s respectable authorities and demanded the fast launch of Mohamed Bazoum.

The White Home’s nationwide safety spokesperson, John Kirby, echoed the US condemnation of any try and seize energy by way of drive, cautioning {that a} navy takeover might immediate the US to halt safety and different cooperation with Niger.

Macron to guide Niger’s coup protection assembly

French President Emmanuel Macron is ready to guide a protection assembly on the Niger coup, as a strong normal has declared himself the brand new chief. There are roughly 1,500 French troops within the nation, certainly one of its final allies within the Sahel area after the latest withdrawal of French forces from Mali.

Macron has strongly condemned the putschists for deposing Mohamed Bazoum on July 26, calling the coup fully illegitimate and a profound hazard to the inhabitants, Niger, and the complete area. He additionally urged for Bazoum’s launch and the restoration of constitutional order.

Niger now joins Mali and Burkina Faso because the third nation within the Sahel area to be affected by militant assaults linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

Coup declaration grips Niger’s capital in chaos

Chaos and looting broke out in Niger’s capital, Niamey, on Thursday, a day after the nation’s armed forces declared a coup in opposition to the federal government of President Mohamed Bazoum.

Within the Central African nation’s capital, burnt-out automobile carcasses lined the streets, whereas the headquarters of Bazoum’s socialist get together had been ransacked by folks. Moreover, a big gathering of a whole lot confirmed assist for the coup outdoors the Nationwide Meeting.

Blinken extends unflagging support to Niger’s ousted leader Bazoum - Asiana Times
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Caption: After the navy declares a coup, chaos grips the capital

On Wednesday night, the self-proclaimed Nationwide Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland’s Nigerien officers introduced the coup on nationwide TV. Previous to this, the presidential guard had declared the detention of the president. In response, supporters of the ousted president shortly took to the streets to protest in opposition to the navy takeover.

The worldwide group has extensively condemned the coup with UN Secretary-Common, António Guterres, calling on the military to reinstate the elected authorities.