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What’s driving the power struggle in Niger? | The Take
What’s driving the power struggle in Niger? | The Take TheWatchman 14 Views • 12 months ago

West African nations have imposed sanctions on Niger’s new military leaders following a coup to overthrow President Mohamed Bazoum last week. Coup leaders have warned against any foreign attempts to extract the democratically elected Bazoum, and they’ve accused former colonial ruler France of plotting a military intervention - which France denies. The allegations are the latest communications from the coup organizers who blamed insecurity, the economy and poor governance as reasons to depose the government, in a televised statement. And now there are growing concerns of an escalation on the ground, which could have broader implications on peace and security in the region. So what’s driving this power struggle in Niger and what happens next?

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Ahmed Idris, Al Jazeera Correspondent in Nigeria

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Did Western Military Presence Help Foster Coup in Niger, Where U.S. Has Drone Base & 1,000+ Troo
Did Western Military Presence Help Foster Coup in Niger, Where U.S. Has Drone Base & 1,000+ Troo TheWatchman 75 Views • 12 months ago

We look at the growing crisis in Niger, where the country's democratically elected president, Mohamed Bazoum, was overthrown last week by his own presidential guard. One of the coup's leaders, Brigadier General Moussa Salaou Barmou, was trained by the U.S., making the Nigerien coup the 11th in West Africa since 2008 to involve U.S.-trained military officers. The U.S. has approximately 1,000 troops in Niger, where it's also spent $100 million building a drone base in its ongoing "war on terror." The Biden administration has so far refused to describe last week's event as a coup, because doing so would force Washington to cut security aid to Niger. While the reasons for the coup are still unclear, it is part of a worrying trend in the region, where "countries that have oversized involvement of the military in political life … are far more likely to have an ongoing pattern of military coups," according to Stephanie Savell, the co-director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

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Niger’s coup leaders get support from Mali, Burkina Faso | Live Discussion | English News | WION
Niger’s coup leaders get support from Mali, Burkina Faso | Live Discussion | English News | WION TheWatchman 23 Views • 12 months ago

A military coup took place on July 26th in Niger. The military took power and Niger’s president Mohamed Bazoum, who was a staunch ally of the West was ousted.

While the west is aghast - not everyone is hostile to the coup in Niger. Amid a rising Russia sentiment in the region, Junta led Burkina Faso and Mali have declared that any foreign military intervention in Niger against coup leaders would be considered a declaration of war against them, too.

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