In a dramatic turn of events, Niger soldiers have declared a coup on national television, effectively dissolving the country’s constitution and imposing a curfew. President Mohamed Bazoum is currently under the custody of the presidential guard.
Colonel Major Amadou Abdramane addressed the public, stating that the defense and security forces have decided to put an end to the existing regime. He requested that all external partners refrain from interfering in their internal affairs.
President Bazoum, who assumed office in April 2021, inherited a nation grappling with deep-rooted poverty, chronic instability, and a relentless jihadist insurgency.
Amid the unfolding situation, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his support for President Bazoum after a conversation with him, as reported by BBC.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called for the immediate release of President Bazoum. During a news conference in New Zealand, Blinken condemned the coup, categorizing it as an unlawful attempt to seize power and disrupt the constitutional order.
The United States has maintained drone bases in Niger, underscoring the country’s significance as a key ally in counter-terrorism operations in the region.
Niger, the largest landlocked country in West Africa, has faced a tumultuous history since gaining independence from France in 1960, witnessing four coups prior to this recent development.
As borders remain closed and the international community closely monitors the situation, the political landscape of Niger hangs in uncertainty, raising concerns both regionally and globally.