May 21, 2024

In the early hours of July 26, 2023, Niger’s presidential guard launched a coup against President Mohamed Bazoum, led by Brigadier General Abdourahmane Tchiani. The coup suspended the constitution, closing borders and imposing a curfew, citing security concerns and governance issues. Tchiani declared himself leader of the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland. The coup sparked condemnation from the West and regional allies. ECOWAS and the African Union opposed it, while Mali and Burkina Faso supported it due to anti-French sentiment. The Sahel region faces security challenges, food scarcity, and displacement. Niger’s coup reflects a trend of military takeovers in Africa. Geopolitical interests influence support for the coup. A struggle for power amid inter-imperialist tensions could escalate. Niger’s crisis requires grassroots resistance and a united labor movement for a democratic, socialist Africa.

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