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Niger's military announces coup, President Bazoum's government removed

Col Maj Amadou Abdramane, with nine other formally dressed fighters behind him, said on Wednesday, "We, the protection and security powers... have chosen to stop the system you know."

Edited By: Nitin Kumar Niamey (Niger) Updated on: July 27, 2023 10:08 IST
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Image Source : AP Col. Maj. Amadou Abdramane, front center, makes a statement late Wednesday.

Nigerian troopers have openly announced a coup on national television, pronouncing the disintegration of the constitution, suspension of organisations, and conclusion of lines. President Mohamed Bazoum is being held by the official guard since the coup's inception.

Tending to the people, Col Maj Amadou Abdramane, with nine other formally dressed fighters behind him, said on Wednesday, "We, the protection and security powers... have chosen to stop the system you know."

They said "all establishments" in the nation would be suspended, borders were shut, and a time limit had been forced "until additional notification", from 10 pm to 5 am.

On Wednesday, members of Niger's presidential campaign besieged political capital in what the African Community said was an attempt to overthrow the country's elected leader. The US said the rebels had captured President Mohammad Bazum. A tweet in the Niger government document revealed that elements of the elite armed forces were involved in "anti-revolutionary" activities and were trying in vain to gain the support of other security forces.

Bazoum and his family are said to be in good health, but the Niger Army and National Guard are "ready to attack" if those involved in the operation do not escape. Yet leaders from the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States described the situation in Niger's capital as an effort to oppose Bazoum, who was elected president for the first time since 2007. Peace instead of hardship, freedom. . Independence from French rule in 1960.

The French and American governments have similarly voiced their concerns and encouraged conservatives to turn the other way. Bazoum's government has made Niger one of the West's main partners against the Islamic insurgency in Africa's Sahel region. 

"We are considering any decision to control or undermine the operation of the President Bazoum-led government's fair elections in Niger," said Jack Sullivan, White House Homeland Security Adviser. "We ask the leaders to release President Bazum and not harm him."

'No coup d'etat'

Roads encompassing the official royal residence in the capital, Niamey, were closed off Wednesday, similar to some administration services. In the afternoon, many individuals reciting "No coup d'etat" marched in support of the president.

Various rounds of gunfire that seemed to come from the official castle scattered the demonstrators and sent individuals scrambling for cover, according an Associated Press reporter at the scene.

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