Niger Soldiers Forcefully Overthrow President Mohamed Bazoum From Power

Niger Armed Forces Announce Overthrow of President Mohamed Bazoum

A shocking turn of events unfolded on July 26, 2023, as reports emerged that Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum had been forcefully removed from his position. The news sent tremors through the international political landscape, as details became available from the capital of Niger, Niamey, as reported by Deutsche Welle, among other international news outlets.

The startling revelation came from a group of soldiers who commandeered national television to announce their seizure of power. “We, the defence and security forces… have decided to put an end to the regime” of President Bazoum, declared Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane, the apparent spokesperson for the coup. To emphasize the gravity of the situation, he was flanked by nine other uniformed soldiers. They went further to assert that Niger’s borders had been closed and a nationwide curfew declared, signaling an ominous clampdown on normal operations.

In the events leading to the announcement, the group of soldiers had initiated a blockade on the presidential palace in Niamey, a preliminary move that hinted at the shocking news to come.

The international community was swift to respond to the news of this sudden political upheaval. The West African ECOWAS group of countries, known for their collective stance on regional stability and peace, expressed their “shock and consternation” at the news of the attempted coup d’Etat. The group’s statement was signed by Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, who categorically condemned the forceful power grab and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the democratically elected President Bazoum.

Across the Atlantic, the United States also voiced its vehement disapproval of the developments in Niger. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken not only condemned the coup but also reiterated his support for President Mohamed Bazoum. According to Blinken, he had reached out to the ousted president, expressing grave concern over the developments in the West African nation.

From Europe, the European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, joined the chorus of global leaders expressing disquiet over the events in Niamey. In a statement issued in French, Borrell admitted to being “very preoccupied” by the unfolding political situation.

At the United Nations, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres echoed the global sentiment. Through his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, Guterres sternly condemned any effort to seize power by force, emphasizing the potential implications on democratic governance, peace, and stability. He implored all actors involved in the crisis to exercise restraint and prioritize the protection of the constitutional order.

As these reactions continue to pour in, the world watches with bated breath, hoping for a peaceful resolution in Niger and the reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazoum. This moment serves as a stern reminder of the need for steadfast commitment to democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for elected leaders’ mandates. The international community, led by bodies like ECOWAS, the EU, and the UN, alongside global superpowers like the United States, continues to monitor the situation closely, keen on upholding democracy, peace, and stability in Niger and the broader West Africa region.

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