May 21, 2024

Niger Army spokesman Colonel Major Amadou Adramane speaks during an appearance on national television, after President Mohamed Bazoum was held in the presidential palace, in Niamey, Niger, July 26, 2023 in this still image taken from video. ORTN/via Reuters TV/Handout via REUTERS

The military command of the Tiger Republic announced its backing for the previous day’s coup initiated by the presidential guard soldiers, with the aim of avoiding further destabilization of the country. They emphasized preserving the president’s safety and preventing deadly confrontations that could harm the population. President Mohamed Bazoum and Foreign Minister Hassoumi Massoudou urged democratic forces to resist the power grab. However, the situation remains uncertain, and Western officials have expressed uncertainty about the coup’s status. The soldiers declared that President Bazoum was stripped of power, and the country’s institutions were suspended. They enforced a curfew and closed borders. The president vowed to protect democratic gains and resist the attempted coup.

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