June 13, 2024

Military officers in Niger Republic have successfully ousted President Mohammed Bazoum’s government.

The soldiers took control of the state television and announced their triumphant operation in the West African nation on Wednesday night. This development occurred shortly after Mr. Bazoum was held captive within the presidential palace in Niamey, the capital city.

During the announcement, Colonel Amadou Abdramane, who seemed to be one of the coup leaders, took a central position, flanked by nine other officers dressed in military fatigues.

Addressing President Bazoum directly, Mr. Abdramane stated that they took power to put an end to the existing regime, citing the deteriorating security situation and issues of governance.

Despite widespread condemnation following his detention, President Bazoum was ultimately removed from office. President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria, which shares a border with Niger to the north, swiftly rejected previous military attempts to seize power and sent a delegation to show support.

Earlier in the month, Mr. Tinubu had warned that West African nations would no longer tolerate violent seizures of power within the sub-region.

On Wednesday, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken conveyed Washington’s unwavering support to President Bazoum during a call.

Following the coup, the military junta promptly declared the closure of the country’s borders and implemented an indefinite nationwide curfew.

President Bazoum had assumed office on April 2, 2021, surviving an attempted coup on March 31, 2021, just two days before his inauguration. This event marks the first successful coup in Niger since 2010.

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