The junta in Niger Republic, led by Abdourahmane Tchiani has announced the formation of a new government.
The 21-member government, announced just before a crucial summit of Niger’s West African neighbors in Abuja on Thursday, is headed by Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, who was appointed on Monday....CONTINUE READING
It comprises of 20 ministers. Those in charge of Defense and the Interior are generals from the Conseil national pour la sauvegarde de la patrie (CNSP), which seized power, respectively General Salifou Mody and General Mohamed Toumba.
This government marks the consolidation of the military regime since it overthrew the elected president Mohamed Bazoum on July 26, and appears to be a sign of defiance towards the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), who are meeting in Abuja on Thursday to assess the situation in Niger.
The regional bloc, which re-affirmed its preference for diplomatic channels to restore constitutional order in Niger, while maintaining its threat to use force to restore President Bazoum to office.
The new masters of Niamey regard ECOWAS as an organization in the pay of France, the former colonial power and their main target since taking power.
On Wednesday, they accused it of having violated Niger’s airspace, closed since Sunday, with a French army plane from Chad, and of having freed terrorists. France immediately denied these accusations.…CONTINUE READING