The Slippery Slope

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) rejected a proposal by Niger’s military junta to return to civilian rule within three years, a move that prolongs the ongoing regional crisis as the bloc mulls military intervention, the Voice of America reported Tuesday. The regional bloc’s...

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Upping the Ante

Niger’s coup leaders will prosecute ousted President Mohamed Bazoum on charges of “high treason,” the latest defiance by the junta amid international pressure and threats of regional military intervention following last month’s coup, the Guardian reported. On Monday, military officials said they have gathered evidence against...

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The Defiant Ones

Nigerien coup leaders formed a 21-member cabinet Thursday to serve as the country’s government, a decision that came as West African leaders met in neighboring Nigeria to decide on military action following last month’s coup, Al Jazeera reported. Mahamane Roufai Laouali – cited as the “secretary-general...

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Force Against Force

A deadline for Niger’s military junta to reinstate the country’s ousted President Mohamed Bazoum ended Sunday, raising the prospect of a military intervention by a powerful West African regional bloc, the Associated Press reported. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed to intervene using...

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Palace Intrigue

Two years ago, the president of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, was elected in the West African country’s first peaceful, democratic change of government since independence from France in 1960. He almost didn’t make it – a coup was attempted to thwart him from taking office, but was...

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Patterns and Promises

A group of mutinous soldiers from Niger’s Presidential Guard claimed in a televised address late Wednesday to have overthrown the country’s democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum, the Associated Press reported. Speaking in front of a group of military officers calling themselves the Council for the Safeguarding...

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