BREAKING: Mohamed Bazoum is no longer President of the Republic of Niger


Mohamed Bazoum, President of the Republic of Niger currently under house arrest

In a swift turn of events, President Mohamed Bazoum of Niger was ousted from power by a group of soldiers forming the “National Council for the Safeguarding of the Party (CNSP).” The coup took place in the capital, Niamey, after the military command joined the putschists, effectively dismissing the democratically elected president.

Following the coup, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the dissolved National Assembly to express support for the coup leaders. Similar scenes have been observed in other African countries like Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea during previous leadership overthrows.

Amid the political turmoil, reports have emerged claiming that France landed a military plane at Niamey international airport, despite the closure of land and air borders, according to a CNSP spokesman.

In response to the coup, deposed President Bazoum urged his supporters to protect the hard-won gains made under his rule. However, the nation’s army announced its support for the coup leaders, citing the need to prevent bloodshed and maintain unity.

The international community has strongly condemned the coup, with Western and regional officials expressing concern over the security situation and the implications for the fight against Islamist insurgency in the Sahel region. The United States, a key ally of Niger, emphasized its support for Bazoum as the democratically elected leader and called for his immediate release.

Niger, an important partner to the United States, has received support and training from American military institutions. However, the coup may lead to further insecurity in the region, given the ongoing violence from Islamist insurgencies in neighboring countries.

The African Union Chairman, the U.N. Secretary-General, and the Pan-African Parliament also condemned the coup, urging an immediate halt to the actions undermining democratic governance and stability in Niger.

This coup marks the latest in a series of political upheavals in the coup-plagued Sahel region and could have far-reaching implications for the country’s future and the broader security landscape in the area.

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