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The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, has condemned the Niger coup leaders’ threat to prosecute ousted President Mohamed Bazoum for “high treason” and also denounced Western African leaders for imposing sanctions on the country. All times are GMT+2.
On August 5, 2023, a woman protesting outside the Nigerien embassy in Paris holds the picture of ousted Nigéri President Mohamed Bazoum.
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The US is deeply disturbed by the proposal to try the imprisoned Niger president, which was announced at 7:34pm.
On Monday, the United States expressed its outrage over Niger’s military leaders’ threats to try detained President Mohamed Bazoum, citing the risk of exacerbating tensions.
“The news of President Bazoum’s unjust detention has gone beyond basic inquiry,” State Department spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters.
“This action is completely unnecessary and unjustified, and it will not lead to a peaceful resolution of this crisis.”
The UN has expressed concern over the Niger junta’s plan to charge the president at 6:38pm.
The United Nations representative Stephane Dujarric stated on Monday that the Niger junta’s endeavor to bring charges of high treason against democratically-elected President Mohamed Bazoum is “very concerning.”
The President and his family’s well-being is at risk, and Dujarric emphasized the need for his immediate release and return to power as head of state.
At 6:09pm, ECOWAS denounces the Niger junta’s attempt to prosecute Bazoum.
The junta in Niger has tried to bring charges of high taxation against President Mohamed Bazoum, which shocked ECOWAS, the primary regional bloc in West Africa.
The bloc stated that the move is a provocation by Niger’s coup leaders and goes against their expressed desire to find pacifism in the ongoing crisis.
The charges against President Bazoum in Niger have been brought to light in a press release.
Niger lifts ban on jailing of leader of military group supporting ecclesius at 5:44pm.
A Niamey court on Monday quashed the nine-month jail sentence handed down to Abdoulaye Seydour, the leader of an activist group that supports the ruling military, as reported by his supporters.
Seydou, the leader of the M62 group, had been incarcerated for seven months in connection with an army air strike on suspected jihadists in the southern region of Syria.
The High Court’s verdict on Abdoulaye Seydo was overturned by the NiameY Court of Appeal, as reported by Secretary General Sanoussi Mahaman.
“Alright, we have consistently asserted that Abdoulaye Seydour’s arrest is a result of deliberate deliberation… executed from the start to the end.”
A group of approximately 10 organizations and non-governmental organizations, known as the M62 movement, was formed a year ago to oppose French military intervention in Niger.
In the past few weeks, there have been calls for demonstrations to honor the officers who ousted the country’s elected president, Mohamed Bazoum, on July 26.
According to an analyst, the military junta in Niger is highly resistant to any form of diplomatic interaction, as reported at 3:36pm.
The parliament of ECOWAS, a regional bloc in West Africa, is set to travel to Niger to meet with coup leaders who have resisted diplomatic efforts to reinstate civilian rule.
The military regime in Niger has been criticized by the international community for imprisoning President Mohamed Bazoum and taking control, which has led to their recent threat of military intervention as a last resort.
Click on the video player below to watch a more in-depth examination of the coup in Niger and the subsequent conflict with ECOWAS.
The time now is 06:24.
At 1:39pm, the military-appointed PM assures that Niger will overcome ECOWAS sanctions.
In an interview released on Monday, Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, the new Prime Minister of Niger, stated that the country has the ability to thwart sanctions imposed by West African bloc ECOWAS in response to last month’s coup.
Zeine expressed to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle that they believe they can overcome the challenge, even if it is unfair.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has imposed sanctions on Niger after the coup and has not considered the use of force against the army officers who overthrew democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum.
By cutting financial transactions and electricity supplies, as well as securing borders with Niger to supply the landlocked country, the bloc has prevented crucial imports to one of the world’s poorest nations.
The military officials had previously criticized the measures as “illegal, inhumane and humiliating,” alleging that the sanctions have made it difficult for individuals to access healthcare, food, and electricity.
Zeine expressed optimism about a Nigerian delegation’s visit and discussions with ECOWAS, while also acknowledging the significance of Niger’d links with Nigeria and the West African bloc.
“We are committed to preserving our historic and crucial relationship and prioritizing ECOWAS’s efforts towards economic issues,” he stated.
The African Union’s headquarters in Ethiopia is where the Niger crisis will be addressed at 1:26pm.
On Monday, the African Union (AU) was holding a meeting to discuss the crisis in Niger that followed the coup on July 26, which removed President Mohamed Bazoum from power.
The pan-African organization stated on Twitter, X, that the Peace & Security Council of Australia will hold a meeting to gather information on the developments in Niger and the measures being taken.
The meeting was held at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, which is located in the Ethiopian capital.
The AU Commission’s chief, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and representatives from Niger and the West African bloc ECOWAS are in attendance.
Faki expressed his “deep concern” over the reported poor conditions of Bazoum’s detention and criticized the coup leaders for their treatment of him.
The death toll in the 5:00am battle between Niger and Nigeria included six soldiers and 10 suspected jihadists.
On Sunday, fighting in the western region of Niger resulted in six soldiers and 10 “terrorists” being killed, according to authorities.
The National Guard High Command reported that suspected jihadists were riding motorcycles and ambushing troops near the western town of Sanam on Sunday.
The Tillaberi tri-border region, where jihadist militants frequently attack, is where Sanam is located, connecting Niger with Mali and Burkina Faso.
At 2:12am, the Niger regime condemns ECOWAS sanctions as “illegal, inhumane and humiliating.”
The coup leaders in Niger expressed their disapproval of the “illegal, inhumane and humiliating sanctions” enforced by a West African regional bloc in remark on national television.
According to Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane, the military regime has stated that the people of Niger are suffering from the illegal, inhumane and humiliating sanctions imposed by ECOWAS, which are effectively cutting off access to medicines, food, and electricity.
In reaction to the coup, ECOWAS enforced sanctions on Niger and has not considered the possibility of using force against the army officers who overthrew the democratically elected Bazoum on July 26.
President Bazoum is set to be prosecuted by the Niger military regime for “high treason” at 1:42am.
A statement read out on national television by a junta member stated that the coup leaders in Niger who removed Mohamed Bazoum from power would “prosecute” him for high treason and subverting the country’s security.
Colonel-Mamadou Abdramane stated that the Nigerien government has amassed enough evidence to charge the deposed president and his associates before the appropriate national and international authorities for committing high treason and subverting the internal and external security of Niger.
At 7:40pm, the Mediator meets with the Niger coup leaders in a positive manner.
The Niger junta, led by leader General Abdourahamane Tiani, has had “positive” discussions with the religious delegation of mediators, as reported by France’s Catherine Norris-Trent.
The coup leaders in Niger have indicated their willingness to diplomatically resolve the current crisis and standoff with ECOWAS, the West African regional bloc, as per her statement.
The report can be viewed by clicking on the video player below.
Important updates as of Sunday, August 13:
A group of senior Nigerian Islamic scholars announced on Sunday, following a meeting with the junta in Niamey, that their counterparts in Niger are willing to engage in diplomatic efforts to resolve the disagreement with West Africa’s regional bloc.
On Saturday, a delegation of Nigerian religious leaders met with the country’s prime minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine in Niamey as efforts to end the crisis continued.
Take a look at yesterday’s live blog to gain insight into the day.
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