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What is known about the military coup in Niger: President Mohamed Bazoum is overthrown

Date: May 19, 2024 Time: 13:34:38

A group of Nigerien soldiers made a video message on national television, saying they had overthrown the country’s president, Mohamed Bazoum.

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A group of Nigerien soldiers made a video message on national television, saying they had overthrown the country’s president, Mohamed Bazoum. According to Al-Jazeera, Major Colonel Amadou Abdraman, who is at the head of the conspiracy, noted that “the defense and security forces decided to put in place the regime we were familiar with.”

For more than a day, Niger lived in a state of tension. Even though the situation in the presidential palace area remained relatively calm, several versions of what was happening appeared. Some sources still deny the existence of the rebellion and speak of some “problems with the presidential guard”, while others claim that the military coup was a success.

Niger’s president’s office later said the army did not support the guards’ rebellion, adding that the country’s head and his family were not injured in the coup attempt and were fine. At the same time, the rebels refused to unblock the Bazuma Palace and presented him with an ultimatum: cancel the earlier decision to dismiss the commander of the guard, General Omar Tchiani, and resign.

EU High Representative Josep Borrell condemned, on behalf of the European Union, “any attempt to destabilise democracy and threaten the stability of Niger”. It was supported by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who called on “all actors to exercise restraint and ensure the protection of Niger’s constitutional order.” He also spoke to Bazoum himself, expressing his full support and solidarity.

A few hours later, soldiers still opened warning fire to disperse several hundred Bakum supporters. The president of neighboring Benin, Patrice Talon, personally went to Niger to act as a negotiator with the rebels. However, this did not help.

In the evening, guards disrupted television and reported that President Mohamed Bazoum and Interior Minister Hamadou Souli had been arrested. And the reason for this was the “deteriorating security situation and poor governance.” They also declared that Niger’s borders were closed, a statewide curfew had been imposed, and the work of the republic’s institutions had been suspended until further orders.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is currently on an official visit to New Zealand, also issued an emergency appeal.

“We condemn any attempt to seize power by force. We are actively engaged with the government of Niger, as well as partners in the region and around the world, and will continue to do so until the situation is properly and peacefully resolved,” Blinken stressed.

Bazum himself expressed confidence that the people of the country will preserve his legacy. Niger’s Foreign Minister Asumi Masoudou said the president was still being held by soldiers at his residence but was “in good health.” Massoudou added that his country would never accept the “fait accompli of the seizure of power” and called on the rebels to return to duty.

Press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the situation in Niger is being discussed at the Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg, which began today.

– Naturally, this is being discussed on the sidelines of the summit, I am sure it will somehow be discussed during the summit events that will take place tomorrow and today. Of course, it is impossible to ignore such events on the African continent,” Peskov summarized.

Earlier it became known that the President of Niger did not plan to participate in the Russia-Africa summit. There are also no other high-ranking representatives of the country on the lists.

The previous military coup attempt in Niger took place in March 2021, just two days before Bazoum’s inauguration. However, the Presidential Guard repelled an attack by rebels led by army captain Sani Salei Guruz, and the situation was brought under control. Most of the soldiers were arrested, but some of them, including Guruz himself, were able to escape.

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Puck Henry
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