ECOWAS Condemns Niger Coup

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By Kasim Isa Muhammad

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed strong condemnation for the coup d’état that took place in Niger.

TCR gathered that the ECOWAS Commission posted a statement on its website with shock and concern upon learning of the military incursion.

The ECOWAS firmly denounced the use of force to seize power, calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the democratically-elected President of Niger.

It also held the coup plotters responsible for the safety and security of the president, his family, government officials, and the public, while emphasizing that the international community would hold those involved in the coup accountable.

It could be recalled that the coup was carried out by a group of soldiers who appeared on national television, announcing the removal of President Mohamed Bazoum from power.

The soldiers, however, placed the president under house arrest in the presidential palace before making their announcement, a typical move seen in military coups.

In another development, the group identified itself as the National Council for the Safeguarding of the Country and cited the country’s deteriorating security situation as the reason for overthrowing the Bazoum government.

 

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