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Restore government within 15 days, African Union tells Niger military

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Restore government within 15 days, African Union tells Niger military

International pressure is growing on Niger’s coup leaders, with the African Union (AU) demanding that the mutineers “return to their barracks and restore constitutional authority”, while other world leaders called for the release of detained President Mohamed Bazoum and the restoration of constitutional order.

The AU’s Peace and Security Council “demands the military personnel to immediately and unconditionally return to their barracks and restore constitutional authority, within a maximum period of fifteen (15) days”, the regional bloc said in a communique following an emergency meeting to discuss the mutiny.

It “condemns in the strongest terms possible” the overthrow of the elected government and its president Mohamed Bazoum, and expressed deep concern over the “alarming resurgence” of military coups in Africa

This latest development comes in the wake of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking for the immediate release of Bazoum and the restoration of democratic order in the country.

Blinken also said a US economic and security partnership with Niger, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, depends on the continuation of the democratic governance and constitutional order, which has been disrupted in the last few days.

“So that assistance is in clear jeopardy as a result of these actions, which is another reason why they need to be immediately reversed,” said Blinken, who is meeting with counterparts in Australia.

Earlier, Blinken had offered Bazoum Washington’s “unflagging” support.

In a separate statement on Saturday, the European Union also said that it will not recognise Niger’s coup authorities, adding that Bazoum is still the president.

“The European Union does not recognise and will not recognise the authorities from the putsch in Niger,” the bloc’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell said in a statement.

“All cooperation in the security field is suspended indefinitely with immediate effect” in addition to the end to budgetary aid, he added.

Before the military’s attempt to grab power, Niger was seen as the West’s most stable ally in an unstable region.

Leaders of the coup had declared General Abdourahamane Tiani as head of state on Friday, saying they had ousted Bazoum in the seventh military takeover in West and Central Africa in less than three years.

Bazoum has not made a statement since Thursday morning when he vowed to protect “hard-won” democratic gains in a post on social media.

Blinken told journalists in Brisbane, Australia he had spoken to Bazoum by telephone, without providing further details.

Author: Dr Funmi Beckley

fumbeck@gmail.com

Abeokuta, Nigeria

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