According to reports from the early hours of today , soldiers in Niger have taken action to remove President Mohamed Bazoum from power. This comes after armed troops blocked the presidential palace in Niamey, the capital of one of the world’s most unstable nations.
In a statement read by Colonel Amadou Abdramane, who was seated and flanked by nine other officers in fatigues, the defense and security forces announced that they decided to “put an end to the regime that you know due to the deteriorating security situation and bad governance.”
The soldiers who have taken over in Niger have declared that they’ve dissolved the constitution, suspended all institutions, and closed the nation’s borders. President Mohamed Bazoum has been held by troops from the presidential guard since early on Wednesday. The sliders have also against any foreign intervention by any government.
President Mohamed Bazoum is a crucial ally of the West in the battle against Islamist militancy in West Africa. Mali and Burkina Faso, two neighboring countries, have undergone coups that were caused by jihadist uprisings in recent years. In both of these nations, the new military leaders have had disagreements with France, the former colonial power that also once governed Niger.