Niamey Niger (ANN)- Niger’s forces in the West African country have announced that they are supporting the leaders of the coup, while the situation is chaotic.
A group of soldiers in Niger claimed on Wednesday to have overthrown the country’s democratically-elected President Mohamed Bazoum. Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane said Niger’s Presidential Guard had detained Bazoum.
“This follows the continued deterioration of the security situation, poor economic and social governance,” the air force colonel-major said in a televised address. Regional and global leaders swiftly condemned the coup attempt and have called for Bazoum to be released.
What’s the latest? On Thursday morning, Bazoum said Niger’s “hard-won” democratic gains will be safeguarded. “All Nigeriens who love democracy and freedom would want this,” he said on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
Meanwhile, Niger’s Foreign Minister Hassoumi Massoudou called on “all democrats and patriots” to make this “perilous adventure” fail. In an interview with France24, Massoudou said the democratically elected government was still the “legitimate and legal authority” in the West African country. He also said the “coup bid” had not been supported by all members of the armed forces.
“We ask all the fractious soldiers to return to their ranks,” Massoudou said. “Everything can be achieved through dialogue but the institutions of the republic must function.” What’s the situation on the ground in Niger? Abdramane, speaking on behalf of the mutinous soldiers, said Niger’s borders have been closed and that “all institutions” in the country would be suspended.
A curfew has also been imposed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. “until further notice.” The president’s office on Wednesday claimed that Bazoum and his family “are well,” referring to the soldiers’ coup attempt as “a fit of temper” “The army and national guard are ready to attack the elements of the Presidential Guard who are involved in this fit of temper if they do not return to a better disposition,” the presidency said.
But when a group of Bazoum’s supporters tried to approach the presidential complex in the capital Niamey on Wednesday, they were dispersed by members of the mutinous Presidential Guard who fired warning shots, injuring at least one person, the AFP news agency reported.
Most of the West African countries have returned to the tradition of taking over the government by coup and military power, while the democratic system is not in effect in African countries, and it has happened in the last few years that several democratically elected leaders have been executed in this way. A military coup took power, which has the support of some Western countries.
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By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.