Niger Military Coup, France Urges Army to Seek a Peaceful Resolution



Niger Military Coup, France Urges Army to Seek a Peaceful Resolution

France's government has expressed its stance regarding the coup in Niger, stating that it does not consider it to be final despite the military's actions in supporting the removal of the democratically elected president. The French foreign minister, Catherine Colonna, emphasized that the situation could still be resolved peacefully if those responsible heed the calls of the international community.


President Mohamed Bazoum, who was taken captive by his own presidential guard and confined to his residence during the coup, remains committed to safeguarding Niger's hard-won democratic gains. Colonna confirmed that President Bazoum is in good health and has communicated with France's President Emmanuel Macron.


Although the military command has declared its support for the coup with the aim of avoiding destabilization in the country, there have been reports of unrest in the capital, Niamey, with instances of car burnings and looting. Despite these developments, President Bazoum's determination to protect democratic principles resonated in his tweet, assuring Nigeriens that their gains would be preserved.


French authorities and international organizations have condemned the coup attempt. The African Union and the west African bloc Ecowas have voiced their disapproval, with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, emphasizing the importance of respecting Niger's constitution.


Niger's significance as a key ally of France and the US in combating jihadist groups in the Sahel region cannot be overlooked. The country's role has become more prominent due to strained relations with military governments in Burkina Faso and Mali, leading to foreign troop withdrawals.


As the situation unfolds, questions remain regarding Niger's approach in handling security challenges and potential engagement with groups like Russia's Wagner, as seen in neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso. The impact of these decisions could have broader implications for the region's stability.


Niger has faced political upheaval before, and its citizens have expressed their opposition to a change of power through demonstrations. The country, with its rapidly increasing population and socio-economic challenges, has endured previous coups and attempts, reflecting its vulnerability to instability.


In response to the coup attempt, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed support for the democratically elected President Bazoum and condemned efforts to undermine Niger's constitutional order. Nigeria's President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as Chair of Ecowas, has dispatched Benin's President, Patrice Talon, on a mediation mission to Niger.


The situation in Niger remains fluid, and the international community is closely monitoring developments to ensure a peaceful resolution and the continuation of democratic governance in the country.

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