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Niger Coup: ECOWAS Military Chiefs To Meet On Saturday

West African military chiefs will meet on Saturday, 12 August 2023  following a summit that ordered the deployment of a “standby force” in the effort to resolve the Niger crisis, regional military sources said.

According to an AFP report, the talks among chiefs of staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will take place in the Ghanaian capital Accra, they said on Friday, according to AFP.

Recall On Thursday,10 August, 2023,  the regional bloc, rising from its Extraordinary Summit in Abuja , ordered immediate deployment of a standby force to restore constitutional order in Niger.

The decision was a result of the failure of the Niger junta to honour a non-week given to release ousted President Mohamed Bazoum and restore democracy.

Instead, the junta formed a new government to be headed by a transitional prime minister, Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine.

In its reaction to the bloc’s standby force, the junta threatened to kill Bazoum, if there is any military intervention from the neigbhbouring country.

Reports said this was revealed by a top US diplomat.

Source: AFP

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